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Winner of an Oscar for Best Documentary, From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1979) follows Ukrainian American violinist Isaac Stern, who in 1979 made an unprecedented tour of China, the first such tour by a western musician in a country still reeling from the effects of the Cultural Revolution. On hand to document the historic event was filmmaker Murray Lerner, who gathered footage of Stern’s encounters with both traditional Chinese musicians and conservatory students versed in Brahms and Mozart — encounters that, only a few years prior, would have been politically controversial.


Join us for a weekend-long screening of From Mao to Mozart along with a conversation that explores the film featuring Isaac Stern’s son David Stern with violinist Tiffany Hu and cellist Jian Wang, both featured musicians in the documentary.


This program is presented by Asia Society Museum,and Asia Society Southern California, as part of a new series titled Asia Society at the Movies. Asia Society at the Movies showcases a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora.

  • Year
    1979
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Director
    Murray Lerner