In 2018, two independently produced documentaries received media attention for the stories they told of identical siblings who, adopted as infants into different families and raised separately, rediscovered each other as adults and came to terms with their new understanding of family and their shared history. Three Identical Strangers (director, Tim Wardle; available through streaming services and DVD) recounts the lives of Edward Galland, David Kellman, and Robert Shafran, triplet brothers who stumbled upon each other in their college years and enjoyed a brief period of celebrity before emotionally confronting the implications of their separation. A shorter documentary, The Twinning Reaction (director, Lori Shinseki; incorporated in part into an ABC television segment of 20/20, “Secret Siblings”), focuses on the lives of other sets of twins who were separated at birth, reunited, and whose reactions echoed those of the triplets.
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Hoffman L, Oppenheim L. Three Identical Strangers and The Twinning Reaction—Clarifying History and Lessons for Today From Peter Neubauer’s Twins Study. JAMA. 2019;322(1):10–12. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8152
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