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About The Film

As Hitler began forcing Jews out of the great European orchestras, the bread-winning child prodigy turned Polish virtuoso violinist Bronisław Huberman, realized he could save outcast Jewish musicians. Scouring records and wrangling immigration authorities, Huberman moved 70 artists and their families to Palestine, and assembled what would become the Palestine Orchestra and debuted in December 1936 under the baton of anti-Fascist and fellow expat, Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini. Through Huberman's efforts, vision, and cultural pride, some 1,000 lives were saved from the oncoming Nazi menace, and the nascent Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (est. 1948) was born. Richly researched and partly told by some of today's top-flight musicians, ORCHESTRA OF EXILES demonstrates the very concrete way in which culture is preserved and maintained, with transmission and human survival becoming intertwined realities.

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES was filmed on location in Germany, Israel, the United States and England, and features historical reenactments as well as interviews with music icons Pinchas Zukerman, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell.

Guest Speakers

Danielle Ames Spivak is the West Coast Director of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic in Los Angeles.


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Film Details:

Director: Josh Aronson
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 85 min.
Year: 2012
Genre: Documentary
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  • African-American
  • American Jewish Life
  • Arts & Culture
  • Music