THE PIANIST FROM RAMALLAH

This film captures four years in the life of Muhammad "Misha" Alsheikh, a talented teenage pianist from Ramallah, who is the son of a Palestinian father and a mother who came from Russia. It takes Muhammad 3 hours to get from his house to a piano lesson with Emma, his Jewish-Israeli teacher who also came from Russia and now lives in Jerusalem, but his dream is bigger than borders. Between checkpoints, auditions and his father's will that he will become a doctor, he tries to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional pianist - and also stay happy.


ONLY AVAILABILE TO VIEW IN ARIZONA


Paired with a short film: FATHER'S SONATA
Israel • 2019 • 15 minutes • Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Tamir Faingold

Tamir Faingold is the first place winner of the GPJFF second annual Israeli Film Student Contest. Tamir is a student at the the Sam Spiegel film school.

 

BONUS CONTENT: TALK BY CANTOR BARUCH KORITAN

Baruch Koritan, a native Philadelphian, studied piano with Leonard Lewy and at Philadelphia Institute of Music, where he also pursued voice and theory. He was composer-in-residence, Temple University Music Festival and University of Madrid. He performed classical piano at Phoenix Art Museum, ASU’s Kerr Center and Art Museum, and as finalist in Baldwin’s Liberace Piano Competition.  Mr. Koritan was pianist-conductor for Don Cornell, Roberta Sherwood, and pianist for the Victor Lombardo and Frankie Carle orchestras;  teatime pianist at Phoenician Resort for seven years. His jazz trio played for AZ Biltmore’s Sunday Brunch for many seasons, and on numerous Princess Cruises. He is the cantor and music director at Temple Beth Shalom, Sun City.

Israel • 2020

Language:

 Arabic, Russian with English subtitles

Director:

Avida Livny

Genre:

Documentary

Run Time:

60 minutes

  • THE PIANIST FROM RAMALLAH
    MONDAY FEB 21 - WEDNESDAY FEB 23

    $13.00