Sponsored by:
David Batist & Gilda Rayburn

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing 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 questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different. At eighteen, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth.

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Festivals and Awards

  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Closing Night film
  • Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival: Audience Award and Producer's Award
  • Teaneck International Film Festival: Best Documentary and Audience Award
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival: Special Award for Excellence
  • Tribeca Film Institute: Documentary Creative Promise Award
  • Slingshot Award for One of the Most Innovative Jewish Projects

Screening Details

Film Info

DirectorLacey Schwartz, James Adolphus
Runtime 65 min
Genre ,