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Tuesday, January 17 at 4:00pm Miami Theater Center
Streaming January 18-25, 2023 Digital Screening Room

Germany | 82 minutes | 2022

Adam & Ida

US Premiere

For the first time in their lives, Polish-Jewish twins Adam and Ida Paluch tell their incredible story of being separated at the age of three and surviving the Holocaust, growing up knowing almost nothing about each other and their family roots. Told through interviews and brilliant animation illustrating their memories, the film presents their lifelong quest to find out about their Jewish identity. Separated during the Holocaust, Adam survived a concentration camp and was later adopted, while Ida survived the war hidden by a Polish couple. Both children were baptized, issued fake birth certificates with new names, and grew up Catholic. It seemed all but impossible that they would ever find each other again and reunite. Yet, throughout all of their lives, both twins had always felt “something missing.” Following a 53-year-long journey that took them around the globe, one day Ida believes she recognizes her brother in a newspaper photo that resembles her grandfather. When the two strangers finally meet, they are convinced they have found each other at last.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Jan Tenhaven. To view the conversation please click here.

Director's Bio

Directed by Jan Tenhaven

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Jan Tenhaven is an award-winning writer and director specializing in documentary TV and feature films. His work has been shown on ZDF, Arte, BBC2, Amazon, Netflix, and other international outlets.

Cast and Credits


Jan Tenhaven


Tilman Müller, Jan Tenhaven


Sven Kiesche


Oliver Szyza


Adam Paluch, Ida Paluch

Film Info






82 minutes


English and Polish with English subtitles
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