THE LAST LAUGH: A Film Screening and Discussion

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Date & Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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Clark University: Jefferson Academic Center
Room 320
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Higgins School of Humanities, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, and Screen Studies
Description: Ferne Pearlstein's feature documentary, THE LAST LAUGH, proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any hint of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If we make the Holocaust off limits, what are the implications for other controversial subjects--9/11, AIDS, racism--in a society that prizes freedom of speech?

THE LAST LAUGH weaves together interviews with influential comedians and thinkers (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Sha-lom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone and rare footage of cabarets in concentration camps.
Valerie Sperling (Holocaust and Genocide Studies/Political Science) and Amy Richter (History) will facilitate a conversation following the film.

Image Credit: Mel Brooks, THE LAST LAUGH
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Phone: 508-793-7479
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