Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier spent 25 years of their lives having no idea of each other’s existence. So what could the American twin and the French twin possibly have in common? A lot, as it turns out, starting with their date of birth, their place of birth and their identical appearance.
“Twinster”, a moving documentary directed by Samantha, who is also an actress, chronicles the incredible journey leading to her reunification with her long lost twin sister, Anaïs. This must-see film was presented for the first time in March 2015 at the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences and Festivals.
So how did the twin sisters find each other? As it turns out, Anaïs’s friends saw Samantha in a YouTube video and couldn’t believe the striking resemblance to their friend. Anaïs got in touch with Samantha on Facebook and after countless conversations on Skype, the twins met in person in London, where Anaïs was studying.
DNA tests confirmed what they already knew: they were a perfect match! The sisters met many times thereafter and even went on a trip together to Seoul.
I imagine this documentary would be especially poignant for people who are adopted. It certainly raises interesting questions for the rest of us: Why wouldn’t twin siblings be adopted by the same family so they could at least have one biological relative in their lives? What’s it like to meet someone who shares your blood but not your culture?
Twinster is a riveting movie that packs a powerful emotional punch. See it!