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Richard Wagner’s music had been informally banned in Israel on the grounds that the German composer was promoted during the Nazi era as Hitler’s favorite composer. But could Wagner’s music transcend the antisemitic views of its creator? When Ya’akov, an Israeli conductor, announces he will play Wagner in the finals of a prestigious international competition for conductors, he comes into conflict with Esther, a Holocaust survivor, who resolutely stands against the idea, but is now faced with an unexpected moral dilemma: whether the trauma of the past justifies stifling the future of young talent. Buried memories and nightmarish dreams are uncovered as Ya'akov and Esther, aided by Morris, the competition organizer, viscerally argue their opposing points of view in Tel Aviv, the Berkshires, and Brooklyn. Across the world and across historical, ethical, and personal domains, will they be able to hear each other? Starring Annette Miller, Ofek Cohen, and Miami’s own Avi Hoffman, this filmed play was adapted by South African playwright Victor Gordon just before he passed away from COVID-19. 

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Lilia Levitina and actor Avi Hoffman. To view the conversation please click here.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    64 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Director
    Lilia Levitina
  • Screenwriter
    Victor Gordon
  • Cast
    Avi Hoffman, Annette Miller, Ofek Cohen
  • Cinematographer
    Rick Macomber
  • Editor
    Christo Tsiaras