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Steve Lickteig and "Open Secret" Film

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On the evening of his high school graduation, Steve Lickteig discovered a shocking secret about his life. Though unknown by him for 18 years, the secret was common knowledge to everyone he knew. Years later, Licktieg returns to his Kansas farm home to confront his adoptive parents and his eight brothers and sisters to get the whole truth behind the lies told to him since birth. Now, aware of the truth, he seeks to know all he can about the “open secret” shared by his family and their entire home town.

Open Secret is a fascinating story of Lickteig’s life, told extremely well by the only person who can, Lickteig himself. The film begins by teasing the viewer with the promise of a juicy family secret. Once revealed the secret becomes the least of the reasons to become engrossed in this documentary. The relationships between mother and son, mother and daughter, brother and sister are tested, destroyed, rebuilt and recreated, all the while watching the emotional turmoil churn within a man searching for answers and clarity in a murky history of lies.