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Zamir: Jewish Voices Return To Poland
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Broadcast in 2000 "HaZamir" is a Hebrew word meaning "the nightingale." In the city of Lodz, Poland, circa 1899, a new Jewish choral ensemble took "HaZamir" for its name. For the next four decades, the HaZamir movement was at the core of Jewish culture, as it flourished in Eastern Europe. The voices of HaZamir, raised in unison, came to embody the passion and humanity of the people and the time. Then _ "the nightingale" was nearly silenced forever in the Holocaust. Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Poland is an uplifting 60-minute documentary following the (new) Zamir Chorale of Boston as they tour Eastern Europe, to restore the spirit of HaZamir to its starting place. Full-length performances by the 42-member choir, taped in old-world churches, Jewish cemeteries and town halls, are blended with travelogue, interviews and archival footage to chronicle not only this modern-day journey, but the journey of HaZamir. It is a profoundly emotional pilgrimage. From a lullaby sung to Jewish babies trapped in the Warsaw ghetto, to songs written in the death camps, to glorious "spirituals," the music and story of Zamir will engage and inspire ALL viewers. Tentative Song List: "Shadrack" "Zamir Anthem" "Halleluah" "I Got Rhythm" "Hava Nagila"

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