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LES Heritage Film Series, Pt.8

May 3, 2011

Program Locations:

Seward Park Library

Showing films on the first Tuesday of every month.  This FREE series will offer documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan on both 16mm and DVD formats.

8th part in the series,

The Biggest Jewish City in the World
(1975, 58 min., 16mm)

This comprehensive, nostalgic exploration of the Jewish immigrant experience in New York City includes footage and interviews spanning 1900-1976. Beginning with footage of the Lower East Side at the turn of the century, the film progresses from sweatshops and labor strikes, to early American-Jewish institutions like the Daily Forward newspaper and Yeshiva University, to prosperous descendants of Jewish immigrants living on Long Island. Featuring commentary by Irving Howe and Sam Levenson, the hour is filled with wonderful images and tales; a most enjoyable history lesson for all. - NCJF