Lefty Shorts Film Forum
FORUM PANEL: Arieh Lebowitz, Communications Director, Jewish Labor Committee, Aviva Kempner, director of Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Esther Cohen, Executive Director of Bread and Roses, Konnie Chameides, director of Young, Jewish, and Left, and Michal Goldman, director of At Home in Utopia. Panel Facilitators: Elieen Eagan, Associate Professor of History and Michael Hillard, Professor of Economics
THEY WERE NOT SILENT -(Roland Millman, 1998, 30 min)
Is the story of the anti-Nazi and rescue activities of the American Jewish labor movement, including their aid to the Underground fighters of the ghettoes of East Europe, and their assistance to Holocaust survivors in refugee camps across the globe. The film features rare archival footage and photos, plus interviews with labor veterans, Holocaust survivors and scholars.
YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG (work in progress, 2007, 18 min)
Aviva Kempner looks at the life and career of Gertrude Berg, the creator, writer and star of The Goldbergs, a popular 1930s radio show that was subsequently a weekly TV program. Berg pioneered the family-based sitcom format that has proven to be television's most durable and popular genre. More remarkably, she did it by presenting America with an outwardly Jewish family that wore its immigrant heritage on its sleeve. The film also examines the stand Berg took against McCarthyism when she refused to fire her long-time co-star Philip Loeb - who resigned to prevent the cancellation of the show and later committed suicide.
BREAD, AND ROSES TOO: Celebrating The Legacy of Moe Foner (Directors, George Stoney and Lora Hays, 2008, 12 min)
Excerpts from a work-in-progress, BREAD, AND ROSES TOO is the inspiring story of Jewish labor leader Moe Foner and the arts and culture program he founded at 1199/SEIU, New Yorks Health and Human Service Union. His vision, echoing the plea of female mill workers in Lawrence MA in 1912, proclaimed bread, and roses too, as the staff of life. Joining him on the frontlines of this charge were Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis, who was employed as a postal worker when Moe first discovered him.
YOUNG, JEWISH, AND LEFT -(2006, excerpt)
Weaves gay culture, Jewish Arab history, secular Yiddishkeit, anti-racist analysis, and religious/spiritual traditions into a multi-layered tapestry of Leftist politics. Personal experiences from many of todays leading Jewish activists reframe the possibilities of Jewish identity. It presents a fresh and constructive take on race, spirituality, Zionism, queerness, resistance, justice, and liberation.
AT HOME IN UTOPIA (2008, excerpt)
Director Michal Goldman traces the engaging history of the United Workers Cooperative Colony (a.k.a. The Coops), one of four cooperative apartments built in the Bronx in the 1920s by visionary Jewish garment workers. At Home in Utopia follows the life of this cooperative across two generations into the 1950s. This is a fascinating look at a story not well known and told by former tenants whose lives were forever altered by their time in The Coops.
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