Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2018



The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is thrilled to announce our audience choice "Best of the Festival Awards" for 2018!

  • Best of Festival / Documentary — Sammy Davis Jr: I've gotta be Me
  • Best of Festival / Narrative — The Last Suit


Congratulations to our filmmakers and distributors!

  • Menemsha Films and Director, Sam Pollard for Sammy Davis Jr: I've Gotta Be Me
  • Paul Hudson of Outsider Pictures and Director Pablo Solarz for The Last Suit

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BJFF's 2018 Summer Line-up — You saw it here!

 

Sammy Davis, Jr: I've Gotta Be Me
The first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during twentieth century America. Davis was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.

New interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Novak are featured with never-before-seen photos from his personal collection. [ view trailer ]

 

The Last Suit
Eighty-eight-year-old Abraham Bursztein feels that he’s about to be put out to pasture by his children who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, Abraham sets off on an adventure halfway around the world to find the man who saved him from Auschwitz and to fulfill a promise he made years before. A poignant message of the enduring importance of family, friends, and honor. [ view trailer ]