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Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Sep, 08, 2018 - Sep, 08, 2018
09:15 pm - 11:15 pm

Online ticket sales are now closed; there is a wait-list for this screening. To be placed on this list, please send an email to Rachelle Weiss Crane at rweisscrane@jccdallas.org.

Documentary – 2017 | 100 minutes
Director: Sam Pollard
Language: English
Community Partner: Congregation Beth Torah

This exhilarating documentary is an account of the complex life of a legendary entertainer who strove to achieve the American dream in a time of racial prejudice. He was the first African-American public figure of his time to embrace Judaism, to which he remained devoted throughout his stellar career. The film spans his debut at the age of seven through his time with the Rat Pack to some of his final performances.

“I’m Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored, and married to a white woman. When I move into a neighborhood, people start running in four directions at the same time”.
– Sammy Davis Jr.

Featuring new interviews with famous stars like Billy Crystal, Kim Novak, and Jerry Lewis, never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection, and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, this entertaining documentary reminds us that Davis was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.

Talk Back: Beri Schwitzer, Director Congregational Learning, Congregation Beth Torah.