Germany, 2019, 112 minutes
Hebrew, Arabic, and English with subtitles
Includes Some Adult Content
A renowned conductor assembles an orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian youth, only to be drawn into a tempest of distrust and discord. For personal reasons, maestro Eduard Sporck agrees to arrange a symbolic concert for a Middle East peace summit in Italy. But corralling the young artists, sworn enemies from the Arab-Israeli divide, is easier said than done. As auditions begin in Tel Aviv, conflict between factions flares up almost instantly.
It takes all the conductor’s skills to get his musicians in harmony, building to a tense, emotional finale. An impressive cast of Israeli and Palestinian non-actors, led by veteran
Peter Simonischek, lends authenticity to this powerful drama, loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Director: Dror Zahavi
Virtual discussion led by Rabbi Rafi Spitzer
Rabbi Rafi Spitzer is the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Agudat Achim. During his Seminary year in Israel, Rabbi Spitzer was a fellow with Encounter in Jerusalem, where he participated in, and facilitated programs to hear from Palestinian civil society leaders, and trained in nonviolent communication, facilitation, and leadership.