The Film and the Men Behind It
April 8, 2019
$18 Temple Emanu-El
It began as the ultimate feel-good story: Three identical triplets separated at birth and adopted by three different families are reunited by astonishing coincidence. Their reunion unfolds like a fairy tale as they discover dozens of commonalities, from their fondness for wrestling to the way they cross their legs. The media falls in love with them, and they even become the darlings of Studio 54.
Then the past disrupts that reunion after the three discover that their separation had been intentional, the plan of a Jewish scientist who used them in an experiment to unravel how identity is shaped, with the collaboration of a Jewish adoption agency.
Join us to watch this extraordinary documentary film that won the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and then to hear from the two surviving triplets, David Kellman and Bobby Shafran, and director Tim Wardle, about the ethical tangle that shaped the triplets’ lives.