The Lost SonsUrsula Macfarlane

When 10-year-old Paul Fronczak goes looking for hidden Christmas presents, he finds something completely different: newspaper clippings from his parents showing that their son had been abducted just after birth and found again as a toddler two years later. Now an adult, Paul investigates to see if he really is who he thinks he is. An amazing real-life thriller.

1964, a hospital in Chicago. Shortly after the birth of their son, a nurse stops by Dora and Chester Fronczak and takes baby Paul away for a routine examination. A little while later it appears that baby Paul has disappeared and the alleged nurse does not actually work at the hospital. A nightmare begins for the new parents; a police investigation and large-scale search yields nothing. Two years later a toddler is left behind at a store. Dora and Chester recognize their kidnapped son in the boy and the FBI - despite some doubts - closes the case. Decades later, DNA techniques offer new possibilities. This surprising real-life thriller raises fundamental questions about our identity and where we belong. The production of The Lost Sons is a collaboration between RAW and CNN Films, who have already made the award-winning documentary Three Identical Strangers, which tells the amazing story of triplets who were separated at birth and later found each other.

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Reconstructing History

Een “reconstructie van de feiten”. Wat een standaardprocedure is bij heel wat gerechtsonderzoeken, vindt ook in de documentairewereld steeds meer ingang. Om een bijzonder verhaal na te vertellen, maken documentairemakers creatief gebruik van verschillende technieken: niet enkel archiefbeelden, maar ook animaties en reconstructies met acteurs tot deep fakes. Het brengt feiten uit het verleden létterlijk tot leven en leidt - toch bij de beste regisseurs - tot razend spannende documentaires die wegkijken als een ware thriller.

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Directed by Ursula Macfarlane
2021 min.
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Reconstructing History


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