RECOMMENDED - Video Librarian | "Infectiously high-spirited" - NPR | 40+ Jewish Film FestivalsJewish Studies • Jewish History • History • Music • Music History • Musicology
Date of Completion: 2012 | Run Time: 73 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Roberta Grossman | Producers: Roberta Grossman, Marta Kauffman, Lisa Thomas, and Sophie Sartain
It's to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning when it comes to Hava Nagila. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de‐sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, HAVA NAGILA (The Movie) takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood – and even Bollywood – using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.
RECOMMENDED "Entertaining film with a quirky interviewee list."
NPR | Ella Taylor, freelance film critic
Jewish Journal | Elyse Glickman
"Documentary filmmaker has a 'Hava Nagila' in her heart."
Newsday | John Anderson
"So much fun. You don't have to be Jewish to love Hava Nagila."
This Week in New York
"Fascinating! A fun and fanciful frolic."
Fox 5, San Diego | Josh Board, member of the San Diego Film Critics Society
"Humorous and enjoyable!"
HAVA NAGILA screened as the opening or closing film of over 40 Jewish film festivals and won the Audience award at many of them.
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Director of RECKONINGS, WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY, BLESSED IS THE MATCH, & HAVA NAGILA