Aida’s Secrets wins Docaviv Award
We are very proud to say that our head producers Ofer Shabi and Yaniv Fridel worked alongside Alon Schwarz on the incredibly moving documentary Aida’s Secrets. A documentary that was played at the Docaviv Festival (considered one of the leading documentary festivals worldwide) in Tel Aviv and given an Audience Award – the attendance at the festival was of about 52 000 people.
Aida’s Secrets follows the story of two brothers and a mother finally reunited after spending their lives apart following the terrible events of World War II. Izak, a gardener living in israel and Shep, blind almost since birth and living in Canada were born in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp. With the help of Yad Vashem and MyHeritage, Shep and Izak find out that they’re brothers for the first time and later visit their mother.
Aida is their mother and she gave them up after birth. This is one of the things that she is most secretive about. This makes for a fascinating story, and it highlights the tough situations and decisions that survivors of the holocaust have had to deal with then and now.
OJ and Yaniv worked hard composing music for this project which took them six months. Writing for film is generally a process that takes time and is quite delicate so as to represent what the people at the heart of the project have in mind. It was recorded using all real instruments creating many different emotions. They also went all the way to Israel to record the orchestral part.
We think they did great, and are quite pleased about this news!