“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

  • November 4, 2017 • 7:30 PM
  • Brown Hall
A scene from “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

A scene from “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” is the first major documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. As Davis once stated: “I’m Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored, and married to a white woman. When I move into a neighborhood, people start running in four ways at the same time.” Davis had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multifaceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet his life was complex and contradictory. Filmmaker Sam Pollard, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), was part of Henry Hampton’s Blackside Inc. production company and was a director and producer on “Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985.”

A discussion will follow the screening with director Pollard, SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, and Gerald Early, Washington University professor of English and Merle Kling professor of modern letters.

This screening is being presented as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. It is sponsored by the African & African-American Studies Program at Washington University.

All programs will be free and open to the public.

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