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

The Levys of Monticello


Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2021
Running Time 71 MIN
Language English
Director Steven Pressman

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Winner of the Building Bridges Jury Prize, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Filmmaker Steven Pressman traces the legacy of slavery and the rise of anti-Semitism in America through the story of the Levy family who owned Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home. A few years after Jefferson died in debt in 1826, Monticello was purchased by Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish Commodore in the US Navy. Having experienced antisemitism, Levy shared Jefferson’s views on religious freedom, but like Jefferson, Levy was also a slave owner. Monticello’s ownership passed to Uriah’s nephew, Jefferson Monroe Levy, a US Congressperson, who faced a movement fuelled by antisemitism to make Monticello a national monument.

Closed Captioning Provided By: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Steven Pressman

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