It’s Complicated!

Family relationships can be difficult even in the best of times and adoptions present an added complexity to the situation.


Wars disrupt the daily lives of everyone involved and this was especially true during World War II in Central Europe where millions of civilians were targeted for extermination.

Holocaust survivors were left with deep psychic scars that affected them throughout their lives.

Aida’s Secrets directed by Alon and Shaul Schwarz (Israel/United States/Germany/Canada) 2016 unveils a fascinating trail of secrets and lies.

The main part of the story involves the search and meeting for a brother whose very existence was kept secret from an adoptee for over sixty years. But this is only the beginning of a broader investigation to piece together the details of a truly complicated mystery.

The film screens again at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36 Friday 5 August 2016 at the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland.

For more information and tickets check the Jewish Film Institute.

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Paris Reunion

The youngest of three siblings returns from Israel to attend her mother’s funeral and settle the estate that includes the family apartment they all shared at one time.


Rue Mandar directed by Idit Cebula (France) 2012 reveals the ongoing personal turmoil, insecurities, and marital conflicts typical of any family. It includes dramatic scenes that are at times comical and challenging. Included is a Shabbat dinner that erupts into a display of dysfunctional behavior.

The film screens again at Cinearts in Palo Alto Saturday 3 August 2013, the California Theater in Berkeley Wednesday 7 August 2013, and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael Saturday 10 August 2013 during the final weeks of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 33.

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