Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will present its fourth annual documentary film series, Sunday Cinema, over three Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m., February 11-25, 2018. Exploring the theme of “Jews and Music,” Sunday Cinema will feature the Chicago Premiere of Body and Soul: An American Bridge (Best Music Documentary, San Francisco Black Film Festival) about how the jazz standard "Body and Soul" smashed the color barrier in popular music; the Midwest premiere of On the Banks of the Tigris (Best Documentary, Baghdad International Film Festival), a musical odyssey that uncovers the hidden—and nearly erased—Jewish connection to Iraqi music; and the Midwest premiere of Mandala Beats, which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and features a musical—and personal—road trip through India with Israeli bassist Yossi Fine.

“Sunday Cinema furthers Spertus Institute’s mission to present Jewish arts and culture as vehicles to foster understanding of both Jewish and universal experiences.” says Beth Schenker, assistant dean for Jewish Studies and programming director for Sunday Cinema. “This year, we looked for films that broaden our knowledge of the Jewish influence on music with a special focus on films Chicago audiences wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.”

Each Sunday Cinema screening will be followed by a post-film discussion led by a guest speaker related to the film or its subject. All films are shown in Spertus Institute’s state-of-the-art Feinberg Theater (610 S Michigan Ave). General admission tickets are $18, $8 for students. Tickets are available online at spertus.edu.

​Sunday Cinema is sponsored by the Wilkow Family. It is the 2018 Solomon Goldman Program Series.



Israeli bassist Yossi Fine (photo courtesy of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership).

Spertus Institute's Sunday Cinema Film Series to Explore Music and the Jewish Experience