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Chicago Premiere: Morgenthau

Chicago Premiere: Morgenthau

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Always do the right thing and you’ll never have any regrets
—Robert M. Morgenthau

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Three generations of Morgenthaus share a zeal for justice against the backdrop of the 20th century’s most dramatic moments. Award-winning documentarian Max Lewkowicz interviews historians, journalists, and politicians, including President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, New York City Mayor Ed Koch, and journalist and author Tom Brokaw.

Morgenthau tells the epic story of one American family with a zeal for justice. It traces the careers of three generations who played vital roles in some of the most dramatic social and political events of the 20th century.

Henry Morgenthau Senior was the United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau Junior was the United States Secretary of Treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Robert M. Morgenthau served as District Attorney of New York County for more than 30 years. From fighting for international action against the Armenian genocide, through efforts to rescue Jews during the Holocaust despite American political obstruction, and on to the struggle to reduce street crime and pioneer the prosecution of white collar corruption in New York City, Morgenthau brings to light the careers of three generations who played vital roles in some of the most dramatic social and political events of the 20th century.

Dr. Tony MichelsDr. Tony Michels, the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at University of Wisconsin, Madison, introduced the film and lead a post-show discussion. Dr. Michels is an expert on activism in American Jewish life and the author of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History.


Sunday Cinema Film Series

5 fascinating films about Jewish lives
4 winter afternoons
4 special speakers
4 daring documentaries
3 premieres
1 short, sweet work of fiction 

Chicago Premiere: Finding Babel
January 29 at 2 pm

Chicago Preview: Big Sonia
February 5 at 2 pm

Chicago Premiere: Morgenthau
February 12 at 2 pm

Double Feature | Short Film: Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion | Chicago Premiere: Torah Treasures and Curious Trash
February 19 at 2 pm

What is Sunday Cinema?

Sunday Cinema is a mini Jewish Film Festival that happened over four Sundays in January and February, bringing new Jewish films to Chicago that area audiences wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.

This year’s theme is Jewish Lives. The films all profile exceptional individuals whose stories reveal the depth and diversity of the Jewish experience. Included are four documentary films — shot in locales from Ukraine to Jerusalem to Kansas — along with one wonderful short film from Ireland.

The films were screened in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Feinberg Theater at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.


Sunday Cinema Lead Sponsor
The Wilkow Family

Executive Producer Level Sponsors
John & Joan Gilchrist, Executive Directors-Investments