Workers Unite Film Festival 2022

The One and Only Jewish Miss America

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The surprising story of Bess Myerson, the talented beauty queen from the Bronx, and how she won the world’s most famous beauty pageant in 1945. The film follows Bess, daughter of poor Russian immigrants, from her childhood in a Jewish housing project through the pain of antisemitism when Miss America sponsors withdrew their support and race-restricted tour stops closed their doors. It is also a story of courage as her disappointment turned to determination, leading Bess Myerson on a national tour to fight prejudice and toward her lifelong passion for justice.

This event is co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest (Washington, DC), London Labour Film Festival (London, UK), Workers Unite Film Festival (NYC), Labor411 (Los Angeles, CA), Old Labor Hall (Barre, VT), Haifa Labor Film Festival (Haifa, Israel), AUPE (Alberta, Canada), and the Global Labor Film Festival Network (GLFFN).

  • Year
  • Runtime
    51 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    David Arond