“Ades was white, Jewish….
and at every turn he exposed the racism of the justice system in Maryland”
Sherilynn Ifil, On the Courthouse Lawn.
RED FATHER is the story of Bernard Ades, a Communist Jewish lawyer who in the 1930s fought for civil rights at home and against fascism in Spain. Narrated by his daughter it chronicles the blacklisting, surveillance and harassment by the FBI; she speaks candidly of her troubles with his ideology just as she admires his ideals.
” I loved this film! Bernard Ades was such a contradictory character. Tova Beck-Friedman sculpted him with so many human nuances and showed how his ideology sometimes evoked compassion, but also overtook his humanity at other times. I loved the dramatic overlays and moving music. Great job!” Gayl Teller, Nassau County Poet Laureate (2009-11).
“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
“Eloquent, subtle, beautifully orchestrated. I have gained so much understanding. Thank you!!!”, Cathrine Rogers, Author, Our Changing Journey to the End.
- Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival, October 2015
- Golden Door International Film Festival, Jersey City, September 2015
- Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, St,. Anthony Main Theatre, June 4, 2015
- Puffin Cultural Center, Teaneck, NJ, April 26, 2015
- JCC Manhattan Film Series, March 26, 2015
- Washington Jewish Fillm Festival, February 21 & 22, 2015
- San Diego Jewish Film Festival, February 12, 2015
- The African Diaspora International Film Festival, New York, December 7, 2014
- Baruch College Performing Arts Center, New York, November 17, 2014
- NYWIFT Screening, Anthology Film Archive, New York, October 28, 2014
- Impugning Impunity, ALBA’s Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, New York, September, 2014
- SOHO International Film Festival, New York, May 16, 2014
- Rough-cut screenings at Docs In Progress, October 9, Takoma Park, MD.
- Abraham Lincoln Brigades Archive 2014 Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, by Louis Proyect
- Red Father Seen Through the Eyes of His Daughter, by Dan La Botz, New Politics
- A Daughter’s Take on Her Red Father, By Amy Stone, Lilith Magazine
- 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.