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Dreams of Hope tells the story of a historic concert at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, more than 50 years after a hate crime there killed four African American girls. Conducted by Dr. Henry Panion III, the concert performance features musical instruments that serve as symbols of hope - violins restored from Holocaust concentration camps. This exquisite documentary-concert film celebrates the power of music and shines a spotlight on a remarkable performance that featured world-renowned Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, founder of Violins of Hope, and his family. With acclaimed composer, arranger and conductor Henry Panion III & Orchestra, internationally acclaimed violinist Caitlin Edwards performed the world premiere of Dreams of Hope for Solo Violin & Orchestra on the Auschwitz Violin (circa 1850), one of the many violins discovered and restored by Weinstein from the infamous concentration camps of the Holocaust. Dreams of Hope is a demonstration of what can happen when people of diverse backgrounds and cultures come together and communicate with a common voice, while recognizing and celebrating their differences.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Dr. Henry Panion, III and moderator Rabbi Laila Haas. To view the conversation please click here.


Sponsored by Mikki & Morris Futernick.

The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    56 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Florida Premiere
  • Director
    Henry Panion, III & David Macon
  • Screenwriter
    David Macon
  • Cast
    Henry Panion, III, Assi Weinstein, Amnon Weinstein, Sallie Downs
  • Cinematographer
    David Macon
  • Editor
    David Macon
  • Music
    Henry Panion, III