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Hava Nagila (The Movie)

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Roberta Grossman and producer Marta Kauffman collaborate to explore the history of the eponymous Jewish celebratory song "Hava Nagila" in this documentary featuring interviews with an entire host of renowned celebrities and musicians, including Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor, Harry Belafonte, and Glen Campbell. A ubiquitous tune, it's played at bar mitzvahs, weddings, and virtually anywhere people are having a good time. But where does it come from, and what role does it play in illuminating Jewish history? Grossman and Kauffman seek the answers to those questions and more as interview subjects share vivid memories of the joyous song.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "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..."
    New York Times

    "It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey. Aided by vivid archival footage and photos, the movie charts the evolution of the song..."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary about the inescapable Jewish anthem and wedding and bar mitzvah music staple."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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