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28th Toronto Jewish Film Festival TJFF2020 Fall Edition: October 22 - November 1

Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

Closing Film


Screening Information

Toronto Premiere
November 1 - November 2

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2020
Running Time 97 MIN
Language English
Director Shari Rogers

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During the Civil Rights era, Jewish leaders worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King to advance racial equality. The alliance between African and Jewish Americans began in the early 20th century in response to shared experiences of bigotry and discrimination. In recent years, this once-close relationship has been almost forgotten. With a treasure trove of archival material and eyewitness interviews--featuring the late Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Susannah Heschel (daughter of Rabbi Abraham Heschel), and members of the King family--this timely documentary revisits the crucial lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation and serves as an urgent call for renewed solidarity in times of rising intolerance.

Presentation Details

Zoom Q & A With Director Shari Rogers, Local Filmmaker & Civil Rights Activist Paul Saltzman, Professor Susannah Heschel, Diversity Educator Rivka Campbell and Chattrisse Dolabaille (writer and co-star of short film Finding Harold) to take place on Monday November 2nd at 8pm. Discussion Moderated by Dr. Greg Beiles, Head of The Toronto Heschel School
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Reviews 'A prescient documentary on the historical alliance between Jews and Black people.' - Jewish Journal

'A moving tribute to the historic partnership between Jews and African Americans during the long history of the civil rights struggle in America' - Atlanta Jewish Times

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