We’re excited to be co-presenting “The Twinning Reaction” at the 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival which runs July 19 – August 5, 2018 throughout the Bay Area!
Description: Many children fantasize about having an identical twin, a perfect carbon copy of themselves. Imagine finding out as an adult that you had been born an identical twin and were purposefully separated to be in a secret study to determine the impact of nature vs. nurture. Weaving interviews, archival footage and animation, filmmaker Lori Shinseki creates a moving and artistically rendered portrait of several families from New York whose lives are forever impacted and at times shattered as they discover that the Jewish adoption agency they used was covertly separating and studying twins.
There is both tremendous joy at seeing how some of the twins discover each other and profound grief as they explore the toll this unknown loss had taken on their lives. The bond shared between these identical siblings is palpable as is the anger that builds at the academics who cavalierly chose to destroy that connection. It is particularly troubling that the adoption agency behind the study was Jewish, given the WWII Nazi experiments on twins, leading the viewer to ask how far scientists should be allowed to go to study human behavior.
Visit www.sfjff.org to learn more about the film and purchase tickets; get a special discount when you use code AFTNC38 at checkout.
We’ll see you at #SFJEWISHFILM this summer!