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Documentary on saving Jewish musicians to be screened

Published 5:11 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014
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"Orchestra of Exiles," the 2012 documentary film about one man's race to save Europe's premier Jewish musicians from the Nazis, will be screened Sunday afternoon, March 23, at Westport Town Hall.

The screening is planned at 4 p.m. and is co-sponsored by The Conservative Synagogue and the Westport Cinema Initiative. A discussion with the film's producer-director Josh Aronson will follow the screening, sponsors said.

Tickets are $10, and proceeds will be split by the nonprofit Westport Cinema Initiative and The Conservative Synagogue, according to a news release issued by the synagogue.

The film centers on Bronislaw Huberman, a world-renowned violinist, and his four-year campaign that saved hundreds of Jewish families and musicians from the Holocaust. After World War II, Huberman created the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which now is the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

The 85-minute film features commentary by several celebrated violinists, including Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell.

Aronson is a veteran filmmaker whose 2000 documentary "Sound and Fury" was an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Film.

Tickets are available online at www.westportcinema.org, and a limited number will be available at the door, sponsors said.