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Run Time: 87 minutes
For Jewish Americans, the fight against Hitler and the Nazis was incredibly personal. As they saw their homeland being torn apart and their fellow Jews being persecuted, they stepped up in large numbers to serve in the U.S. military—over 55,000 to be exact. However, their service wasn’t always met with open arms. Anti-Semitism was prevalent in our country as well. Public opinion polls at the time showed a solid number of Americans had negative views towards Jews. Their military participation was important to them, not just to defend their heritage, but also to prove to their peers they were American patriots, too. GI JEWS spotlights their incredible story through revealing interviews with those who fought. The names will probably shock you: from Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, all the way to Henry Kissinger, the list of notable Jewish men and women who served is quite impressive. Lisa Ades’ powerful documentary reveals a brave group of Americans whose invaluable service forever changed the unjust perception of Jews at home and abroad. —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, April 09, 2018 at 4:25 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Jewish and Israeli Visions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Lisa Ades has been producing and directing documentaries for PBS and cable television for more than 25 years. She is currently creating a documentary series on a Jewish community in New York City.
Miss America (2002), Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006), GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II (2017)
Amanda Bonavita, Lisa Ades
Daniel B. Gold
This film is presented with the generous support of LYNN GOTTLOB.
This film is presented with the generous support of BILL and ROSE DECAPITE.