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A Yom Ha-Atzma’ut Sneak Preview of a New Film by Yael Katzir: Violins in Wartime

Award-winning Israeli filmmaker Yael Katzir has written and directed numerous acclaimed works including Praying in Her Own Voice (2007); Shivah for Mother (2004) and Company Jasmine (2001). She will join us for a discussion following the screening along with her son, producer Dan Katzir.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
California Room
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Amnon Weinstein builds and repairs violins for young soloists who come to Israel for a summer master course. When the second Lebanon war broke out in the summer of 2006, the master course was relocated from Kibbutz Eilon near the Lebanese border out of the range of Hezbollah missiles, to the Beit Berl College in central Israel. In spite of the ongoing war, eminent violinists including Ida Handel Shlomo Mintz came to Israel to teach the master course. Together with Weinstein, whose son was on the front at the time, they struggled to keep worry at bay and to maintain sanity through music. The film is a rare document portraying aspects of Israeli life rarely seen in the media. With the insistence on allowing the muses to continue playing, the violin becomes a symbol for the Jewish-Israeli desire and struggle to continue in spite of everything.

Cost : Free and open to the public

Miriam MarkusZacuto

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies

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