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In this clever modern adaptation of a biblical love triangle, barren Sarah—a harpist in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra—is married to Abraham, its charismatic, authoritarian conductor. When young horn player Hagar (Yana Yossef, nominated for an Ophir/Israeli Oscar as Best Supporting Actress) joins the orchestra, a unique friendship evolves between the two women. Feeling Sarah’s pain of childlessness, Hagar offers to have a baby for her with Abraham then disappears, leaving them with the boy. Years later, the son—born Ismail but renamed Ben and ignorant of his origins—becomes a gifted yet wild and uncontrollable pianist, while Sarah, now in her late forties, unexpectedly gives birth to Isaac. Hagar’s return exposes secrets that ultimately lead to Ben’s dramatic journey of self-discovery. Winner of two awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival and featuring orchestral performances of Western and Eastern music, HARMONIA is a personal interpretation of the iconic story. Lead actor Alon Aboutboul to attend.

Special Guest

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Alon Aboutboul was born in Kiryat Ata, Israel, to an Egyptian and Algerian Jewish family. He is best known for playing Mohsen in SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ (2015), Dr. Pvel in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012), Aamir Barkawi in LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016), and Al-Aaleem in BODY OF LIES (2008). He has appeared in numerous Seattle Jewish Film Festival films over the years: THE BELLY DANCER (2006), OUT OF THE BLUE (2008), and the Academy Award-nominated BEAUFORT (2007). Aboutboul takes the leading actor role as Abraham, the Jerusalem Philharmonic conductor and husband to Sarah in HARMONIA. View his full filmography at

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Film Details:

Director: Ori Sivan
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew and Arabic w/subtitles
Running Time: 98m
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama


  • Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Music & the Arts
  • Israeli Life
  • Muslim Life
  • Women's Stories

Rating/Warning: PG-13

  • Adult themes

Presenting Sponsors

  • Martin Selig and Catherine Mayer