Body and Soul: An American Bridge

The Charleston Jewish Filmfest and Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture present:

A FREE film screening and discussion of the acclaimed jazz documentary:


Body and Soul: An American Bridge,
 the Black Jewish History of an American Song



  •  BODY AND SOUL will be available for screening between Monday, October 12 and Thursday, October 15, 2020.
  • DISCUSSION of the film and the history of jazz in Charleston with Dr. Karen Chandler and Charlton Singleton takes place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.
  • Both programs are virtual, free, and open to the public


The Film:
Winner of the Best Music Documentary award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE recounts the story of one of the most popular songs in the jazz repertoire.  In the Great American Songbook,  standards from Jewish composers  were inducted into the jazz canon by black musicians.  Using archival footage and commentary, the film illuminates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures. Watch trailer here. To register for FREE link, click here.

The Discussion:
Delve into the history of jazz music in Charleston with Charlton Singletoncomposer, conductor, and trumpet player for Grammy award winning Ranky Tanky, and Dr. Karen Chandler, director of the Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management at CofC and co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI). The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ashley Walters, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at CofC. Viewing the film is not a requirement for attending the ZOOM Q & A. Click here to register for discussion

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Cosponsored by the College of Charleston, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, and  Arts Management Program.