Friday, July 26, 2013

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Hava chairs

Hava Nagila (The Movie)
Now Available in DVD
For Schools, Libraries, and 
 "Through the unlikely prism of this song the documentary manages to tell a complicated story of cultural adaptation while providing a fresh look at a good chunk of modern Jewish history, from poverty to plenty, from the shtetl in Ukraine to Israel to the suburbs of America." 
- NY Times
This movie has everything: joy and sadness, intrigue and controversy, serious history and pop culture shtick.    
- Heidi Estrin, President, Association of Jewish Libraries
"Brilliant! A celebration of Jewish community."
- Jweekly

"A fun, nostalgic, informative journey!"  - LA Times

Grossman deftly tracks the song's path around the world from the shtetls of Eastern Europe through the Holocaust to Israel and the American suburb. - NPR
"Keen production, sharp wit, and disarming cultural inquiry."
It's played at 86 Jewish Film Festivals and opened or closed 56 of them.  It has been theatrically released and enthusiastically reviewedaround the country. Now Hava Nagila (The Movie) is available for purchase by educators of:
                                - European Jewish History
                                - American Jewish History
                                - Eastern European Studies
                                - Musicology
                                - Ethnomusicology
                                - Popular Culture
                                - Israel Studies
-Jewish Studies
                                - Religious Studies
                                - Ethnic Studies

Highly entertaining, this one of a kind documentary uses the ubiquitous Jewish standard as a portal in 200 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. The film is also surprisingly deep and moving, quickly turning a group of individual audience members into a Jewish community.

Our film reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations, and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level.

Harry Belafonte, Regina Spektor, Connie Francis, and Leonard Nimoy are but a few of the Hava embassadors you will encounter on this Hava quest!

Please click here if you would like to purchase either a 55 minute or a 73 minute version of Hava Nagila (The Movie).  For more information about the film, please visit our website or click here to contact July Hodara at Katahdin Productions. 

July Hodara
Katahdin Productions