Blacks and Jews

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Blacks and Jews
Directed by Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow
Produced by Deborah Kaufman, Bari Scott, Alan Snitow
Written by Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow
Music by David Slusser
Cinematography Ashley James
Edited by Veronica Selver
Running time 85 min.
Language English

Blacks and Jews is a 1997 documentary film that examines the relationships and conflicts between Black and Jewish activists, from the 1991 Crown Heights Riot to Steven Spielberg's controversial visit to the predominantly Black Castlemont High School.[1]

The film focused on incidents such as the 1960s blockbusting of the then-largely Jewish Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago and a rabbi's efforts to maintain stability in the community and of a Hasidic father and son who were protected by a Black journalist during the 1991 riots in Brooklyn that took place in the wake of the death of Gavin Cato by a Hasidic driver.[2][3]

Blacks and Jews was directed by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow. The 90-minute film was aired as part of PBS's Point of View series.[2]

The film was shown as part of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.[4]


  1. ^ PBS
  2. ^ a b Goodman, Walter. "Of Blacks and Jews, and Calls for Talk", The New York Times, July 29, 1997. Accessed January 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. "Two Tales of Once-Great Expectations", The New York Times, July 20, 1997. Accessed January 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger. "No longer invisible Sundance standouts reflect black indie tradition", Chicago Sun-Times, February 2, 1997. Accessed January 12, 2008.

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