by Tova Beck-Friedman, 55 minutes
|"Ades was white, Jewish....|
|and at every turn he exposed the racism of the justice system in Maryland"|
|Sherilynn Ifil, On the Courthouse Lawn.|
A “Red Diaper Baby”, Janet Ades scrutinizes her father’s Communist legacy. She admires the father who confronted legal racism, fought fascism in Spain and was repeatedly blacklisted. Nonetheless, she does not spare her criticism of the Communist Party’s conduct.
"This well-done documentary will be of particular interest to those who want to better understand the history of the Communist Party of the United States and international Communism, as well as to those interested in American Jewry. As a teacher of college courses in American History, I would certainly use it in my upper division classes". Red Father Seen Through the Eyes of His Daughter, Dan La Botz, New Politics
"..... a fascinating, complex story, that inspires deep thinking, and presents valuable historical knowledge in a unique way." Cynthia Close,
Contributing Editor DOCUMENTARY Magazine
"Tova Beck-Friedman's remarkable film, RED FATHER, offers a nuanced and haunting look into the intellectual and emotional burdens within a prominent family of the American left." Janet Coleman, WBAI Radio
“…. a superb rendition of an individual story that illustrates a particular and important moment in American history." Martin Novemski, Professor Emeritus, Theater Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University
"We are interested in showing the film and using it for education purposes in the bar association as well as the law schools here in the twin cities. It is of particular interest to us that it was the first case in Maryland to empanel African-American jurors and that Mr. Ades stopped the lynching of an African American defendant who was accused of murdering a Caucasian family." MABL, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
"Red Father offers a powerful portrait of the Baltimore lawyer Bernard Ades, whose life mirrored the shifting political fortunes and cultural meanings of American Communism from the pre-World War II through the Cold War eras. Tova Beck-Friedman’s deftly constructed montages and Janet Ades’ by turns affectionate and critical recollections about her father together allow us to appreciate Ades’ unique mix of heroism, legal acumen and ideological stubbornness. A must-see for all students of American political history and Jewish identity." Prof. Casey Haskins, Philosophy and Film Studies, Purchase College, SUNY
- Impugning Impunity, ALBA’s Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, New York, September, 2014
- NYWIFT Screening, Anthology Film Archive, New York, October 28, 2014
- Baruch College Performing Arts Center, New York, November 17, 2014
- RED FATHER premiers at the 2014 SOHO International Film Festival, May 16, New York
- Rough-cut screenings at Docs In Progress, October 9, Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, MD.
- Red Father Seen Through the Eyes of His Daughter, by Dan La Botz, New Politics
- Entre Nos (Between US) and Red Father: Aspects of US life and history, by Joanne Laurier, World Socialist Website
- Interview on WBAI, THE NEXT HOUR, with Janet Coleman part I; part II
- The Silver Spring Voice, ARTS: Her Red Father debuts in Takoma Park, by Travis Hare.
RED FATHER is available on DVD.
For educational use & Digital site licenses please contact:
Tony Alosi, President
Dark Hollow Films
This project has been supported by numerous individuals, the Puffin Foundation and Moscow57.