Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me


Sunday Mar 04 04:00 PM
Wednesday Mar 07 07:30 PM
Friday Mar 09 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival 2018.

Directed by Sam Pollard. USA. 2017. 100 min.
The first major film documentary about Sammy Davis, Jr., examines his vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. 

Davis’s legendary career was so vast and multifaceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis, who famously converted to Judaism in 1961, strove to achieve the American dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was a veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; as the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, he yoked his identity to another persecuted minority.

Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’s personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

The March 7 screening is presented in memory of HJFF Film Committee member Goldie Arkin.

Read The Hollywood Reporter review.

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