Crescendo

2020, Germany, Drama, 106 min

Director: Dror Zahavi

Screening: Thurs 7/30 at 7 pm  to  Sun 8/2 at 7 pm

Zoom Conversation with Michael Hunter Ochs: Sun 8/2  at 3 pm

When a world-famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale. When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems.

 

Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or the constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are.

Zoom Guest Speaker: Michael Hunter Ochs is a successful film composer and songwriter who is also recognized as a breakthrough composer in Hebrew/Jewish worship music. In 2008 Michael was asked to do the unimaginable - visit the West Bank and collaborate with award-winning Palestinian peace activist and poet, Alaa Alshaham. In 2014 the two founded The Pursuit Of Harmony and have toured the world together sharing the unlikely story of their inspiring friendship. Learn more about The Pursuit of Harmony on their website: www.thepursuitofharmony.com

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