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VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 20, 7:00 pm through June 22, 7:00 pm (48 hours)

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.

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.

crescendo poster

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)