Saturday, January 05, 6:00 PM
Palm Canyon Theatre
Standby tickets at the door (as available) Call 760-778-8979 for more info.
BEST OF FEST
Monday, January 14, 6:00 PM
Standby tickets at the door as available
USA, 2012, 85 Minute Running Time
Topics: Dance/Music, Documentary, History, Jewish Interest
This inspiring documentary traces the remarkable story of the inmates of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin, and their struggle to maintain their humanity in the face of hunger, disease and slave labor through art, staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around then. This creative rebellion reached its peak when one man, Rafael Schächter – an imprisoned conductor who had smuggled his collection of sheet music into the camp – taught a choir of 150 inmates to perform one of the worlds most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. The choir would ultimately confront their Nazi captors face to face, and sing to them what they dare not say.
For years, conductor Murry Sidlin dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin to commemorate that valiant performance, and now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections and evocative animation, Defiant Requiem brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life.
Film subject Murry Sidlin expected to attend both screenings
DIRECTOR: Doug Shultz
Producer: Peter Schnall, Doug Shultz
Editor: Mark Fason
Screenwriter: Doug Shultz
Cinematographer: Peter Schnall
Music: Murry Sidlin
Principal Cast: Bebe Neuwirth (narrator)
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Partisan Pictures - partisanpictures.com
Official Film Website