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About the Film:

Long admired in geeky circles for her inventions, screen bombshell and pinup Hedy Lamarr finally returns to the spotlight in this biographical documentary. Lamarr had a stranger-than-fiction life: she escaped from Nazi Austria and her arms tycoon husband, led a long career as a film actress called  "the world's most beautiful woman," and invented a frequency-hopping signal transmitter that was the precursor to bluetooth and WiFi. Retrace the little-known double life of a Hollywood legend and science pioneer.

2018 SJFF Sponsors:

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About The Film

A toe-tapping, star-studded homage to the immensely gifted black Jewish entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr., affectionately called "Mr. Show Business."  This documentary by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Sam Pollard, delves deeply into the personal life and career of the legendary talent, spotlighting his time with the Rat Pack, as he navigated the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress in 20th century America. Black, Jewish, and Puerto Rican, the one-eyed Davis stood a mere 5'6" and weighted only 120 pounds. Still, his 60-year career left a massive mark on the industry. Hopscotching archival footage spanning almost 60 years—from his debut at the age of seven to his final performances—I’VE GOTTA BE ME reminds us that Davis was a dynamic trailblazer in every sense of the word.


Sammy Davis Jr poster

Film Details:

Director: Sam Pollard
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 100m
Year: 2017
Genre: Documentary


  • Biography
  • Rat Pack
  • Jewish Entertainers
  • Hollywood
  • African-American
  • Family Friendly

Rating/Warning: PG (language)

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Who knew that Jews—specifically Jewish women—dominated Bollywood for the first half of its 100-year history? When it was taboo for Hindu and Muslim women to perform on screen, actresses from the small but progressive Indian Jewish community stepped in front of the camera and reigned over the world’s largest film industry. This entertaining documentary, 11 years in the making, is chock-full of rich and rare archival clips, and features profiles of six legends of the Indian screen: sultry Sulochana (Ruby Meyers), who in the 1927’s WILD CAT OF BOMBAY played eight different characters (some male); Miss Rose (Rose Ezra), the queen of Bollywood’s racy party scene in the 1930s; Pramila (Esther Abraham), one of the first female producers and the first Miss India in 1947; Nadira (Farhat Ezekiel) the quintessential Bollywood vamp in the 1950s and ’60s golden era of Indian cinema; David Joseph Penkar, who wrote the first talkie in 1931; and the revered Uncle David (David Abraham), who appeared in over 100 films. Unlike Hollywood, the lack of anti-Semitism helped them push the boundaries of Indian cinema (i.e., the first dance, first kiss, and first color film) and make Bollywood what it is today.

Shalom Bollywood poster

Film Details:

Director: Danny Ben-Moshe
Country: Australia
Language: English
Running Time: 76m
Year: 2017
Genre: Documentary
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  • Women's Stories
  • India
  • Dance
  • Bollywood
  • Film Industry 


Community Partner: Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media | University of Washington
Outreach Partner: TASVEER: South Asian Film Festival - Aina 2018 focusing on South Asian women filmmakers runs March 23-25

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