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Screenings & Events


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 08:30PM - 10:15PM |SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Stroum Jewish Community Center announced the decision not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival scheduled for March 19 – 29 and April 4 – 5. Options are being explored for a rescheduled film festival to take place in the summer or early fall of 2020.

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About The Film

As part of a peace summit, a world-famous German conductor (Peter Simonischek; THE INTERPRETER, SJFF 2019) creates an orchestra of specially chosen Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians. But can music overcome the feelings of mistrust and suspicion striking chords and shrill notes onstage and off? It takes all the conductor's skill and resources—and divulging his own tragic story—to overcome the discord and teach them how to achieve harmony, leading to a tense and emotional finale. Academy Award-nominated director Dror Zahavi has united an impressive supporting cast of Israeli and Palestinian non-actors playing the students into a convincing ensemble, who fight, argue, laugh, and make music together in this dramatic, humanist hymn about forgiveness, reconciliation, and the astounding power of music.

Winner of the 2019 Audience Prize at the Festival of German Film.

Special Guest

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Introduction and performacne by Bram Schenck, principal clarinetist Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and member of the National Youth Orchestra, which brings the brightest young players from across the country to Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

Director Bio

Dror Zahavi is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. He has directed more than twenty-five films and television shows since 1992. FOR MY FATHER (2008) screened at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival.

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Film Details:

Director: Dror Zahavi
Country: Germany, Israel, Italy
Language: Language
Running Time: 112m
Year: 2019
Genre: Drama


  • Israeli-Arab conflict
  • Palestinians
  • Peace process
  • Reconciliation
  • Music
  • Youth Orchestra
  • Coming of Age

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence, sex, brief pot use, language)