All our yes­ter­days, cap­tured on cam­era

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

A Bad Day for Levin­sky, chil­dren, who were fed, clothed, ed­u­cated and re-housed in the UK. Cast Us Not Out (1969) makes a com­pas­sion­ate ap­peal from the Jewish Wel­fare Board (now part of Jewish Care), show­ing us acute poverty af­fect­ing the el­derly.

As­sim­i­la­tion and iden­tity are ex­plored in so­phis­ti­cated tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary Bri­tain’s Jews (1965), in­clud­ing Rabbi Dr Louis Ja­cobs dis­cussing moder­nity. Here and in the sen­si­tive drama The Bar­ber of Stam­ford Hill (1962), we see Bri­tain on the cusp of the swing­ing six­ties, with hair styles and at­ti­tudes strain­ing at the de­mands of con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, and hear ac­cents from a by­gone era.

Jewish Bri­tain on Film fea­tures on BFI Player along­side other col­lec­tions cel­e­brat­ing di­verse Bri­tish com­mu­ni­ties. BFI Na­tional Ar­chive Cu­ra­tor Si­mon McCal­lum says, “It’s been a priv­i­lege to bring to­gether this ex­plo­ration of the ex­pe­ri­ences and con­tri­bu­tions of Bri­tain’s vi­brant Jewish com­mu­nity. This col­lec­tion un­cov­ers some painful and trou­bling mo­ments, and doc­u­ments times of im­mense change, but is also full of joy­ous snap­shots of Jewish life in all its di­ver­sity”.

To ac­cess Jewish Bri­tain on Film go to: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/col­lec­tions

Dr Ju­lia Wag­ner writes about film, in­clud­ing for the BFI, and cur­rently teaches Film Stud­ies at JW3. @jr­wagz

Rose Carmel and Solly Ger­schcowit at their 1925 wed­ding

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