This is the second of two documentary films starring Daniel Barenboim with young Arab and Israeli musicians exploring peace and understanding through music. You can still enjoy the second film if you missed the first!
Join us for this free screening at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma on Wednesday, January 30th 2019, from 7–9 pm, for the film followed by discussion/questions and answers.
About the film: The Ramallah Concert (112 minutes).
Sponsored by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, these two documentaries focus on the founding and continuing success of the West-Eastern Divan Youth Orchestra in Seville, Spain. The operating principle of the orchestra is to bring together talented youthful musicians from all over the Middle East, including Israel, some Arab countries and Iran. This film is the actual concert in Ramallah with Barenboim conducting.
“Daniel Barenboim is general music director of the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and La Scala in Milan. Barenboim is known for his work with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as a resolute critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.” Source: Wikipedia.
“Edward Said was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies… In 1999, with his friend Daniel Barenboim, Said co-founded the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra …Besides being a Renaissance Man, Said was an accomplished pianist, and, with Barenboim, co-authored the book Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society (2002), a compilation of their conversations about music. He died of leukemia on 25 September 2003.” Source: Wikipedia.