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January 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Film screening and conversation with producer/director, Ferne Pearlstein.
THE LAST LAUGH dares to ask: “Are we allowed to joke about the Holocaust?” This outrageously funny and thought-provoking film puts the question to legends and critical thinkers including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, and many others (including survivors), offering fresh insights into the Holocaust and what else-9/11, AIDS, racism-is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. After screening at over 100 festivals (including Tribeca, HotDocs, Traverse City, BFI London, Rome, IDFA), and Certified Fresh at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, THE LAST LAUGH was released theatrically in March 2017 and broadcast in April 2017 (Independent Lens/PBS) where it was runner-up for that season’s Audience Award.—Robert Edwards
Ferne Pearlstein is an award-winning documentary film director, an inductee in the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame, and a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures. Ferne has made films from Japan to Haiti to Uganda to Guyana to Burma, and has had four features premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her most recent is the critically acclaimed The Last Laugh starring Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried, which screened at over 100 film festivals around the world.