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Join us BHI on Monday, April 9th in the College of Liberal Arts room 4110, 6:00 PM for a screening of the critically acclaimed film The Last Laugh. The director and producer, Ferne Pearlstein, will  introduce the film and facilitate a discussion following the screening.

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  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.


Ferne Pearlstein is a prize-winning cinematographer, writer, director, and editor whose work has won numerous awards and been screened and broadcast around the world. Her most recent documentary, The Last Laugh—which she directed, produced, photographed, and edited—had its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, beginning a run of over a hundred festivals in the US and abroad.

 Based in NYC, Pearlstein holds post-graduate degrees in documentary film and photography from Stanford University and the International Center of Photography. She is an acclaimed documentary director of photography with dozens of films to her credit.


To register, click on the BHI events online rsvp on this page.