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Body & Soul: An American Bridge-National Center for Jewish Film Festival 2017-MFA


Put on your dancing shoes for this toe-tapping documentary. Music broke the color barrier before the U.S. Army and before baseball. The American Songbook was forged in part by the collaboration of African Americans and Jews—and by their conflicts as well. This film swings as it looks at the relationship between black and Jewish musicians in the Jazz Age. Featuring Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Green, Libby Holman, Jack Hylton, John Coltrane, and Louis Armstrong. Winner, Best Music Documentary San Francisco Black Film Festival. (Dir: Robert Philipson | USA | 2016 | 58m | English)

Featuring a Q & A with Professor Jeffrey Melnick, interviewee in the film

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World Premiere – New Digital Restoration – Restored by The National Center for Jewish Film

Hilarious short starring Leibele Waldman with music by Sholom Secunda. (Dir: Sidney Goldin | USA | 1931 | 10m | Yiddish w/ English subtitles)

Tickets: $12 MFA members, $14 non-members

JArts is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.

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May 5th, 2017
7:00 pm


$12 – $14
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