Massachusetts Premiere/Free Screening
Sammy Davis Jr.
I've Gotta Be Me
Friday, March 23, 1:30 PM
Glenmeadow Retirement, Longmeadow
This is the first major film to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, as well as excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.
Co-sponsored by Glenmeadow Retirement
Documentary | 2017 | 100 minutes
USA | English
Directed by Sam Pollard