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GPJFF Encore Week: Sammy Davis, JR.: I've Gotta Be Me

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents 

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Wednesday, January 9 at 5:30 pm

At the museum 

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Director Samuel Pollard’s intimate portrait of Sammy Davis, Jr. paints a vivid picture of a child prodigy, world-class entertainer, and civil rights activist. 

Having achieved stardom during a period of American history fraught with racial barriers, the effervescent, tap-dancing icon struggled against prejudice. While recovering from a serious car accident, he famously announced his decision to convert to Judaism. A self-made success, it was Sammy Davis, Jr.’s extraordinary talent and resilience that propelled him to the top and established him as the musical legend we know today.

Featuring fabulous interviews with Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Norman Lear, and a generous selection of archival clips highlighting Davis’ show-stopping performances, SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME is a masterful dedication to one of America’s most unforgettable stars.

(Documentary Feature, USA/France, 1 hr 40 min, 2017)

Event type:Films & Filmmakers