A Film by Sam Pollard

USA, 2018

Language: English

Genre: Documentary

100 minutes

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film 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.

Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.

Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Davis’ vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film and concert, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me


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Winner - Audience Award

Boston Jewish Film Festival 2018


Winner - Audience Award

Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2018


Winner - Best Documentary

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2018

Winner - Best Documentary

Dayton Jewish Film Festival 2018


Winner - Audience Award

Nashville Film Festival 2018


Winner - Best Documentary Feature

Louisiana International Film Festival 2018

Audience Choice Award (Best Documentary Film) - Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2018


Audience Award (Best Documentary)

Denver Jewish Film Festival 2018

Winner of Two Awards!

Jury Prize + Audience Award

Best Documentary Feature

Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2018


Audience Award (Honorable Mention)

Donald M Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2018

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