About the documentary:
The controversial documentary Three Identical Strangers tells the shocking story of three identical brothers (triplets) who were all adopted at birth and grew up separately from each other. Twenty years later, they were reunited by coincidence. It sounds like a happy ending, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

When Robert Shafran unsuspectingly enters his new university in New York state in the early eighties, he is being mistaken for somebody else entirely. What is the case: his adopted identical twin brother is attending that same university. Sounds like an absurd coincidence? Not much later there appears to be a third adopted brother. And all this while none of the triplet-brothers knew about each other’s existence. The story ie being picked up broadly by the American media and the brothers enjoy being at the center of attention together. What did not make the news back then is the bizarre and sinister history that underlies their early life separation.

Introduction to the documentary by: dr. Maartje Luijk (Associate Professor Pedagogical Sciences – EUR)

Expert panel:

  • Dr. Frank van der Horst (EUR): expert on the history of Pedagogical Sciences and attachment (problems).
  • Dr. Eline Bunnik (ErasmusMC): expert on medical and scientific ethics.
  • Yayouk Willems (VU): PhD candidate on twin research about gene x environment factors in susceptibility & resilience to family violence.

Moderator: dr. Daphne van de Bongardt (Peer Relations Researchers EUR)

More information:
Date: Monday 21 October 2019
Time: 19.00 – 21.30 hours 
Doors open: 18.30 hours
Location: Theater Erasmus Paviljoen

Ticket information:
Erasmus Students: Free, but a reservation is recommended
Erasmus Employees: Free, but a reservation is recommended
Other visitors: €5,-

Organised by: Studium Generale, Peer Relations Researchers network EUR (PRR-EUR), and education program Pedagogical Sciences (ESSB)

Trailer Three Identical Strangers