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US Film Society Discussion

Saturday, January 16, 2021 3 Shevat 5781

7:30 PM - 8:30 PMzoom

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Anyone who loves the United States will be willing to face the music of James Baldwin, one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.

Samuel Jackson narrates with Baldwin's beautiful, eloquent words, addressed to white people. He calls whites to account for their own failings of enacting racism or allowing it to exist.  He shares the horrible pain white people have bequeathed to Blacks for centuries. Jewish people know this same pain.

The film is a non-threatening accusation, a plea to reasonable white people, for the sake of their own survival, to see the reality of our society as it really is, and and as it has been lived by Blacks. It cautions that a profound empathy is needed to save the soul of our country.

In anticipation of Black History Month and Martin Luther King Day this month, this films continues our exploration of the shared history of American Blacks and Jews.  You will see the place of Jews in American history in new ways when the series is complete. Our Jewish legacy is not just as immigrants who did well.  We all share in the common human experience of and the responsibility for persecution and oppression. Baldwin only calls for clarity of our vision.

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