Mar 102015
An image from the trailer for the documentary "Little White Lie," screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via

An image from the trailer for the documentary “Little White Lie,” screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via

The Jewish Community Center will present a series of three free documentary screenings this month, starting with showing Wednesday evening of “Little White Lie,” a Jewish woman who unexpectedly discovers her African-American heritage.

“Little White Lie” will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, followed by a discussion about culture and identity led by Rabbi Alexis Berk. For more information, see the announcement from the Jewish Community Center below:

This March, the Jewish Community Center is pleased to present three outstanding documentaries as part of the Bart Family Film Series. Little White Lie will be shown Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.  The story of a young Jewish woman whose life was changed when she learned of her mother’s infidelity and her own African American heritage, Little White Lie was chosen by the Sundance Institute for its Film Forward program on advancing cultural dialogue. After the screening, Rabbi Alexis Berk will lead a discussion on the nature of identity.

Film producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker will present their film, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.  A bold, beautiful vaudeville superstar who made her debut in the flapper era, Sophie Tucker infatuated her audiences with a bawdy and brassy style like no other.  The documentary highlights her rags to riches story and 60 year career in show business.

The final film of the series, 24 Days, tells the powerful and harrowing story of Ilan Halimi, who was kidnapped and tortured in 2006 by a group called the “Gang of Barbarians.” The brutal crime, motivated by greed and anti-Semitism, rocked France and led tens of thousands to march in protest.

All films will be shown in the Mintz Auditorium at the New Orleans JCC, located at 5342 St. Charles Avenue. Underwritten by Cathy and Morris Bart, the series is free and open to the community. Popcorn and movie snacks will be served.

For more information about the film series, contact Liba Kornfeld, Director of Jewish Family Life, at 897-0143 or

The Jewish Community Center of New Orleans is a non-profit organization that continues to serve the entire New Orleans community with quality programming in the areas of pre-school education, daycare, summer programming, adult programming, physical education, public affairs, political forums, lectures and especially Jewish education. The mission of the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Center is to promote and insure the well being of our Jewish community and to instill an understanding of Judaism and its heritage by providing a Center where all can enjoy, learn, experience and share in quality activities in a Jewish environment.

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