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Rated NR · 2009

Founded in Manhattan's East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics are dedicated to the preservation and celebration of klezmer, the Yiddish folk music that flourished in Eastern Europe until the Holocaust. The multiethnic ensemble revitalized the genre, eventually incorporating influences from gospel to punk, Celtic to Caribbean, as well as American protest songs (a project utilizing lyrics left behind by Woody Guthrie resulted in the Grammy-winning album Wonder Wheel). As compelling as the music are the members' life stories and the push-pull dynamic of their creative process; this jazzy documentary by Erik Greenberg Anjou touches on not only Jewish survival but also how to make enduring art in a fluctuating industry. In English and subtitled Yiddish.
Director: Erik Anjou
Producer: Erik Anjou and Tom Case
Cast: Frank London, Lisa Gutking, Paul Morrissett, Lorin Sklamberg and Matt Darriau

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