Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Have you ever been separated from your siblings at birth, only to discover they exist decades into your life? Me either. In the documentary film, Three Identical Strangers, three brother's had no idea they had siblings at all until later in their lives, after they have lived separate lives.
Two of the three, Robert Shafran and Eddy Galland, did not know of each other until their college years in the 80s when they met by accident. The third, David Kellman read an article about the two, and determined that he may have been the third sibling. The three, of course, began to question how this happened and why. Their parents were not told about the other two children and the families raising the other boys did not know about the others.
The story made national headlines in the 80s, but was brought back to light at the Sundance film festival last year through a series of archived footage and modern interviews in the film. The film, Three Identical Strangers will be released in theaters this Friday, June 29th.
When you play with humans, you do something [very] wrong." - audio: Trailer
At the time, public focus was on the miracle of the brothers reuniting, versus the grim truth their "adoptions". The film brought questions and concerns about genetics and disturbing human experiments in the name of silence. There have been other stories involving strange experiments to understand twins. They all share one thing in common: the subjects were totally unaware. The film, The Twinning Reaction was released last year at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and focused on, as the title suggests, a set of twins who were separated at birth as a result of the failed 1960s Neubauer-Bernard study. To spare any spoilers, the trailer for Three Identical Strangers is available to view now.