*Discussion and reception to follow.
This rich documentary explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.
Join us for the Opening Night event with a screening of the film Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me and special guests Manny Davis, son of Sammy Davis, Jr., and Obba Babatundé, a Tony Award nominated and Emmy Award winning actor, singer, dancer, director, writer and producer.
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, and dizzying in its scope and scale. Yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.
Director: Sam Pollard
Running time:100 min
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival