Opening Night Sponsored by The Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Dir. Sam Pollard | 100 min
Documentary United States 2017 English DC Premiere
Wednesday, May 27:00 PM Edlavitch DCJCC
Sunday, May 612:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre Additional Screening
Sammy Davis, Jr.’s career was indisputably legendary; so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex and contradictory.
Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and swirling political change. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of Black America; and he was the most public Black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.
Featuring interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Novak, and never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.
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