View a recording of CBI’s panel discussion, “Exploring Jewish topics in They Ain’t Ready For Me,” a documentary film:

The film was shown as part of Pickford Film Center’s Doctober festival, which has been extended through November 30, 2020.

Panel participants: Rabbi Josh Samuels, Cantorial Soloist Andrea Shupack, Bryant Heinzelman, and Chanan Suarez (moderated by Emily Weiner).

dir. Brad Rothschild, 2020
NR, 89 min, USA, in English

The film is about Tamar Manasseh—who is Black and Jewish—and the organization she founded: MASK (Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings). MASK members show up every day to sit on the corner of 75th street and South Stewart on Chicago’s South Side—an area plagued by poverty, unemployment, addiction, and violence— to prevent violence by building community. Rothschild explores the powers of showing up as viewers get to experience the members of MASK providing music, games, food, and conversation to their neighbors in need. In the film, Tamar describes how Judaism motivates her, we see MASK celebrations of Sukkot and Passover, and Tamar takes us inside Beth Shalom – B’Nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.

For information about the film, to watch a trailer, and to purchase a ticket to watch online, click here.