The critical acclaimed and Sundance-awarded Three Identical Strangers tells an astonishing story about a set of triplets who was intentionally separated and then monitored for a secret scientific study.

Meet director Tim Wardle and hear how he came across this CNN Films documentary and how he struggled to gain the triplets trust and to identify the secret behind their separation.   

In this session Tim Wardle will share how he worked with the films different twist and turns and how it affected the reconstructions and the tone of voice in the film.

The film starts out joyful with the reunion of the triplets, which was a mini-phenomenon in the media throughout the 1980’s in the US. But, even with all the national attention, it wasn’t the full story. It wasn’t even the beginning. And Tim Wardle’s film grows darker and more disturbing along the way as Three Identical Strangers develops into a shocking story about doctors who played with human lives in the name of science. It turns out that the children were placed in homes of varying economic stability, raised with contrasting parenting tactics and sensitivities as part of a secret scientific “nature versus nurture”-study. 

The film takes different twist and turns and in fact, to this day, Tim Wardle is still wrestling with unanswered questions about what really happened to the three brothers who’d unknowingly spent their childhoods apart. 

The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where it won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling. The film was a nominee in the Best Documentary category at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards.

Can be watched on Viaplay.