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Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:00 pm

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.

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 surprising 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.

Spertus was pleased to welcome director Roberta Grossman
for a post-screening discussion.

Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker
with a passion for history and social justice. She served as the series producer and co-writer of the CBS mini-series 500 Nations, hosted by Kevin Costner,
and was producer/director
for the feature documentary Homeland: Four Portraits
of Native Action
, which has screened and won awards at more than 40 film festivals. Other writing and producing credits include In the Footsteps of Jesus for the History Channel, Hollywood & Power: Women on Top for AMC, Medal of Honor for U.S. News & World Report, and several episodes of the A&E series Mysteries of the Bible.

Hava is a hit!

Listen to the film's director,
Roberta Grossman, on NPR >


"A fun, nostalgic, informative journey!"
— Los Angeles Times

"Buoyant! The filmmakers mix the playful and serious."
— The New York Times

"Richly detailed and entertaining!"
— The Hollywood Reporter

"Let us rejoice! Fun and informative!"
— Palm Beach Daily News

"Fascinating! A fun and fanciful frolic."
— This Week in NY Review

"So much fun. You don't have to be Jewish to love Hava Nagila."
— NY Newsday

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