Directed by Alan Crosland (USA, 1927, 88 min.). Digital.

Ninety years after it became the first “talkie,” The Jazz Singer is still relevant. The film is an important touchstone in conversations about Jewish life in America, Jews on the silver screen, the history of cinema, and the relationship between Jews and African Americans. In the film, a young man named Jakie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson) defies his cantor father by leaving home to become a jazz singer. But, despite his success, Jakie, now performing under the name Jack Robin, feels conflicted about leaving his home and his heritage. 

Join us after the film for a panel discussion about Jews in cinema, assimilation, race, and jazz as an instrument of acculturation. 


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