SARATOGA SPRINGS– The Saratoga Jewish Community Arts (SJCA) kicks off its Fall 2021 season with a Zoom discussion of the documentary film, “Little White Lie,” by filmmaker Lacey Schwartz Delgado who tells her personal, provocative story, which raises questions of identity, family, race, and the mistakes of our parents, according to SJCA organizers. A Zoom panel discussion is set for Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. The documentary is available for viewing on You Tube and Amazon Prime, according to organizers.
Schwartz Delgado grew up in a typical upper middle class Jewish family in Woodstock. She had loving parents and a strong sense of her identity, despite the open questions from those around her about how a she could have such dark skin. She believed her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather.
At the age of 18, her mother told her that her that biological father was not the man who had raised her, but a black man, with whom her mother had a relationship.
Suddenly her sense of identity changed.
For Schwartz Delgado, it took having difficult conversations with her family to come to terms with her story and be able to create art about the huge questions surrounding her identity. Raising her twin boys Jewish in an interfaith household as wife of Hudson Valley Congressman, Antonio Delgado, she says, “I think I’m very similar to a lot of other young Jewish families who are just trying to figure it out; how do I reconcile where I came from with what I connect to individually?”
In the years after the release of “Little White Lie,” “…we still hear from people on a daily basis who connect deeply to the story,” Schwartz Delgado reports. That includes Jews of color like herself, but it includes many more people who are simply grappling with their identity or who relate to the coming-of-age story in the film.