National Museum of American Jewish History
Director: Roberta Grossman
Adored or hated, the song "Hava Nagila" has without a doubt established its place in music history. By following the trajectory of the infectious Jewish party tune as it transcends its origins and becomes a worldwide hit, Hava Nagila (The Movie) leaps joyfully through time and space - from the shtetls of eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of pre-state Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of the American suburbs and more. Along the way, this fun and delightful film speaks to the controversy of the song's lyrics, as well as the surprise success of Harry Belafonte's hit recording, and further illuminates how a mere bar mitzvah staple became the universal emblem of "Jewishness." A sharp new lens on the song everybody hates to love.
Preceded by B-Boy
Sponsored by the National Museum of American Jewish History and Ellyn and Seth Lehr
Fall Film Festival sponsored by SEED THE DREAM FOUNDATION, Marcy Gringlas & Joel Greenberg