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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Jews of the Wild West


Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2022
Running Time 83 MIN
Language English
Director Amanda Kinsey

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While Jewish cowboys have been a figure in comedy films, Jews of the Wild West traces the real history of Jewish cowboys and cowgirls that is a largely forgotten chapter of the American West. In additional to familiar names like Levi Strauss or the Guggenheim family, the film adds many more, including Josephine Marcus Earp, an actress and respected Jewish wife of Wyatt Earp, and Solomon Bibo, who was elected governor of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, the only non-Indigenous tribal leader. Directed by award-wining filmmaker Amanda Kinsey, this is an eye-opening look at the role Jews played in the building of the American West.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Amanda Kinsey and Historian Allan Levine (Author of Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience)
Review “Everything you would expect – gunslingers, cattle barons, lawmen and wide-open spaces. And one thing you wouldn’t: Jews.” - South Florida Sun-Sentinel