Restored Violins Bring Hope To Birmingham
Producer and Director Lance Shultz will be joining the Birmingham community for the screening of his documentary “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” on Sat., March 3 at 7:00 pm at Temple Beth-El. Temple Beth-El’s Sisterhood group is sponsoring this specific event and hosting the program which will be followed by a dessert reception.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” features Israeli master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins from the Holocaust. The collection of violins represent an incredible history of suffering, courage and resiliency. These instruments belonged to starving Jewish refugees who carried them during the death marches of World War II throughout Europe, to concentration camp victims who were forced to play during the execution of tens of thousands of innocent people, to desperate inhabitants of the ghettos, and to those in the work camps where millions died a slow death from starvation and disease.
Their amazing stories are blended into Weinstein’s mission to not only collect and restore the violins, but also to send them back out into the world where they are played by renowned musicians and orchestras around the world. It is a mission of love but also one of defiance to those who tried to silence the music and a people.
The documentary has received numerous awards, and will give the Birmingham community an idea of what we have to look forward to in April when the Violins of Hope come to Birmingham.
A community-wide alliance of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Institute for Human Rights, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and ABC 33/40, along with corporate donors and generous individuals, have formed an unprecedented collaboration bringing the Birmingham community an unforgettable educational, cultural and personal experience. Some funds from the Birmingham Jewish Foundation are also helping support this important effort.
Prior to the beginning of the program, attendees will have the opportunity to hear some violin pieces played. After the documentary is shown, Lance will have a discussion with the audience.
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Click the link below to make your reservation.