Lacey Schwartz Delgado’s dual identities as an African-American and New York Jew inform her documentary, ‘Little White Lie,’ and her current work with youth via Be’chol Lashon
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz has an intriguing and compelling personal story to tell in her documentary, “Little White Lie,” screening at 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Film Festival (PJFF) Pre-Fest, taking place Sunday at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.
Little White Lie is a documentary about Schwartz's childhood in a white, middle-class, Jewish household in Woodstock. Although her skin is darker than the rest of the family, Schwartz grew up believing she inherited her looks from a Sicilian grandfather. When she started college at Georgetown University, she was admitted as a black student based on her photo.
JTA spoke with Lacey Schwartz Delgado on the phone last week about her involvement in her husband's campaign for Congress.
At first glance, Lacey Schwartz's childhood seems pretty picturesque: Raised in Woodstock, New York — a sleepy town located about 2 hours north of Manhattan — Schwartz grew up as the only child of her white, Jewish parents, enveloped by a loving community of friends and teachers.
Lacey Schwartz grew up thinking she was white. When her college labeled her a black student based on a photograph, she knew she had to get some explanations from her family.
Lacey Schwartz grew up as a white, Jewish girl in the predominantly white community of Woodstock, N.Y., raised by Peggy and Robert Schwartz. But what she didn’t know at the time was that her biological father was black.
Schwartz talks to Salon about race, privilege, family secrets and her new PBS documentary "Little White Lie"
When Lacey Schwartz was in nursery school, a little white boy seemed enraptured with her features. After staring at her intently, he said, "show me the color of your gums." And, she did. Over 30 years later, Schwartz, the filmmaker and principal subject of the documentary Little White Lie, recounts her first memory of feeling different.