The Atlantic Jewish Council

AJFF Film: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me – Thurs. Nov. 15th, 7pm, Park Lane

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory and was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority. Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flash-points of American society from the Depression through the 1980s. Sponsored by Israel Bonds Guest Speaker: Raquel Benzacar Savatti, CEO, Israel Bonds


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