Little White Lie
Directed by Lacey Schwartz
What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us?
Lacey Schwartz, who tells her own remarkable story, grew up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.
At age of 18 she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney. The family secret can stay hidden no longer as she begins her quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life.
The film opens an opportunity to talk about what factors— race, religion, family, up-bringing— make us who we are. What happens when we are forced to redefine ourself? It manages to be both a particular family’s story of the price of living in denial, and also raises larger questions for us all.
After the film Diane Kaufmann Tobin from Be’chol Lashon, an organization that represents the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience, will lead a discussion. It is Be’chol Lashon’s view that it’s not the differences themselves that are problematic but rather the inability to talk about them. It is increasingly important, in an age where intersectional identities are becoming the norm, to recognize diversity as asset. – how we can talk about diversity and identity.
Lacey Schwartz is the CEO of Truth Aid. She is a director/producer and outreach strategist who has worked with a variety of production companies, organizations and networks, including MTV, BET, @radical.media, NASCAR and Be’chol Lashon. She also Executive Produced the narrative film DIFRET which won audience awards at the 2014 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Lacey has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the NYS Bar.
Producer: Lacey Schwartz, Mehret Mandefro
Co-Director: James Adolphus
Cinematographer: James Adolphus
Editor: Toby Shimin, Erik Dugger
Composer: Kathryn Bostic
Executive Producer: Be'chol Lashon
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Precedes: Little White Lie