EQ3 Media, in partnership with WJCT and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, presents From Swastika to Jim Crow, a 2000 documentary that reveals the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars who were expelled from their homeland by the Nazis and found new lives at the historically Black colleges in the American South.
Join us for a wine & cheese reception, documentary film screening and community dialogue of From Swastika to Jim Crow, a fascinating and moving one-hour documentary that shares the previously untold story of the many German Jewish professors. The screening is FREE and open to the public. Registration for the event is required, as space is limited.
Producers Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher have made a number of award-winning documentary films based on historical, cultural and political topics. They’ve received the Guggenheim Fellowship in film, Emmy Awards, Cine Golden Eagles, and the John Grierson Award for Social Documentaries.
From Swastika to Jim Crow was inspired by a New York Times editorial. The letter writer was upset by the fact that anti-semitic sentiment was being spouted by speech givers at Howard University and other predominantly African-American schools. The editorialist mentioned the book and lamented the past, when Jewish professors found refuge at Southern universities. The filmmakers were intrigued, bought the book, and began immediately planning their documentary.
- 5:30 pm Wine & Cheese Reception featuring a very special community concert:
Ties that Bind: Negro Spirituals, Freedom Songs & Soulful Hasidic Melodies
- 6:45 pm Film Screening
- 7:45 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A with Ann Chinn, Dr. Donald Cunnigen, Steven Fischler, and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner. Moderated by Melissa Ross
WJCT will rebroadcast the documentary Thursday, March 20, 2014 as part of this programming series.
**Film contains graphic images.
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
100 Festival Park Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32202