Lisa Ades (GI Jews director) is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for PBS and cable television for more than 25 years. Her acclaimed film, Miss America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its broadcast on the PBS series American Experience in 2002. Previously, she produced award-winning films with Ric Burns, including New York, a ten-hour series (PBS, 1999, Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award), The Way West (PBS, 1995), and The Donner Party (PBS, 1992). Prior to that, she was a producer at WNET/Thirteen on The 11th Hour and Metroline. Documentaries for cable television include Beauty in a Jar (A&E, 2003), In the Company of Women (IFC, 2004), and Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (IFC, 2006).
Amanda Bonavita (GI Jews producer) has worked in commercial television, and documentary and narrative film for the past fifteen years. Her previous documentary work includes 40th Anniversary of Stonewall (PBS, 2009) and Waiting for Hockney (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008).
Maia Harris (GI Jews writer) has written and produced documentaries for PBS for many years and has received two Emmy awards. Her previous work includes The Italian Americans (PBS, 2013), No Job for a Woman (PBS World, 2010) and and Banished (PBS, 2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Other credits include The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (PBS, 2005); Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (AMC, 2001); Storyville: The Naked Dance (PBS, 1998) and Listening to Children: A Moral Journey with Robert Coles (PBS, 1995).
Michael Rugel is Programs and Content Coordinator at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C.
GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WWII
Dir. Lisa Ades
87 min | United States | 2018
550,000 Jewish American men and women served in World War II. Lisa Ades’ GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII is a loving ode to their memory.
Like all American soldiers, they fought against fascism, but also waged a more personal fight—to save their brethren in Europe. In their own words, veterans both unknown and famous (among them Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Henry Kissinger) bring their war experiences to life. After years of struggle, they emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish, determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home.