ITZHAK Documentary Film
Documentary film screening: ITZHAK, Alison Chernick’s documentary examines the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists.
Thursday: 7:00 PM – February 22, 2018, Cultural Arts Center
From Shubert to Strauss, Bach to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s transcendent violin playing evokes the depth of the human experience. This enchanting documentary details the virtuoso’s own struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, and reminds us why art is vital to life.
— Palm Springs International Film Festival
If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and ultimately the contribution of the Jewish people, it’s Itzhak Perlman. The violin is the chosen instrument of Perlman, the vehicle he has used to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. In Perlman and his music, we hear the story of obstacles and survival, we trace the path of the Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, we see the comfort of home and family and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive.
We hear his tales of growing up as the child of polish survivors – where his mastery of the instrument takes him from his small neighborhood in Tel Aviv to the world’s most prominent stages – we hear his perspective on music and life. Through Itzhak Perlman, we’re able to see an artist at work, a modern Jewish family embracing its heritage while living in a world of changing expectations, and how the legacy of both the Jewish people and the violin are knitted together in one remarkable human being.