The Latter Day Jew

The 19th Annual Columbia Jewish Film Festival will take place October 20 – November 11, 2019 at various venues around Columbia. SC Humanities supported the screening of the film The Latter Day Jew on Tuesday, October 29, followed by a talk-back session featuring both the director and the subject of the film.

The Latter Day Jew tells the story of comedian H. Alan Scott, a gay ex-Mormon, who converts to Judaism and embarks on a religious journey that leads to his bar mitzvah in his 30s. The film illuminates how spiritual and cultural identity develops. The event will include a talk-back after the screening featuring the director Aliza Rosen and H. Alan Scott, both of whom will be traveling from California.

The mission of the Columbia Jewish Film Festival is to offer outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish experience. Reaching out to the entire greater Columbia area, the Festival’s aim is to educate, illuminate and entertain through film; including history, language, people, the State of Israel and the history of the Jewish people from pre-biblical to modern times. More information about the Columbia Jewish Film Festival can be found here:

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.