This eclectic collection includes a documentaries about a Harlem basketball legend and a world-famous wildlife photographer, and the rarely-seen 1941 Charlie Chaplin spoof of Hitler, The Great Dictator.
All three films are being screened at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, June 30-July 7. All three films are related to the Jewish experience around the world.
Tickets are $10 and include museum admission. If you are a member, or join as a member, tickets are $5, and include museum admission.
In 1976, Aulcie Perry was playing basketball in Harlem when scouts from Maccabi Tel Aviv spotted and signed him. A year later, he led the team to their first European Championship, converted to Judaism, and became an Israeli citizen.
Perry’s rise to fame was precipitous, and his relationship with supermodel Tami Ben Ami became the subject of relentless media attention, solidifying his status as one of Israel’s biggest stars. But behind the scenes, Perry had a growing drug addiction that culminated in his arrest and imprisonment, and since his release he has committed himself to uplifting those suffering from drug abuse and addiction.
Dani Menken’s new documentary Aulcie (75 minutes, English, no subtitles) tells the story of this legendary athlete.
The film will be screened twice in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall: Thursday, July 1 at 4:30 PM and Wednesday, July 7 at 2:00 PM.
Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all times. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection.
He has gone swimming with crocodiles and killer whales, and with anacondas and great white sharks, but one major predator has always eluded him: the polar bear. He tried before and barely escaped, but now, as he nears the end of his career, he is determined to give it one last shot.
Nachoum’s journey unfolds in the award-winning new film Picture of His Life (75 minutes, English, no subtitles) by Israeli directing duo Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin. In the film, Nachoum travels to the Canadian high Arctic at the same time as he reckons with his painful memories of the horrors of war. Where others find fear, Nachoum finds redemption.
The film will be screened twice in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall: Thursday, July 1 at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, July 7 at 4:30 PM.
After the onset of hostilities in Europe, but before the US’s entry into World War II, the most famous movie star of the century launched his most ambitious and controversial project to date: a take-no-prisoners satirical attack on Adolf Hitler and fascism.
Charlie Chaplin produced, wrote, directed and starred in The Great Dictator (126 minutes, English, no subtitles) playing both the barely-disguised, buffoonish dictator Adenoid Hynkel and an unassuming Jewish barber who’s his spitting image.
The cast is rounded out by Jack Oakie, peerlessly lampooning Mussolini, and Paulette Goddard, Chaplin’s muse, as an innocent young woman threatened by the tyrant’s antisemitism.
The film is being shown at 2pm on Wednesday, June 30.