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May 23, 2017
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Ticket Price:
$13 in advance or $15 at the door

6:15 p.m.

E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004


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Washington Jewish Film Festival:
Zuzana–Music is Life
A still image of Zuzana Ruzickova from the film. <i>Courtesy of Harriet Getzels</i>
A still image of Zuzana Ruzickova from the film. Courtesy of Harriet Getzels

Synopsis of Zuzana: Music is Life

The triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and 40 years of communist persecution. Zuzana’s story is remarkable not just because she fulfilled her childhood dream of a career in music, but also in how she navigated a lifetime of political and antisemitic persecution, never letting go of her belief that Bach’s music transcended human suffering. Dispatched by the communists to perform in hundreds of concerts and competitions, Zuzana became a tour-de-force abroad and a source of foreign currency for the regime at home. She is the only person to have recorded Bach’s entire keyboard works, which were released in November 2016 by Warner Music. Zuzana’s story transcends the personal, in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art during Europe’s turbulent 20th century.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Harriet Gordon Getzels and Peter Getzels, moderated by Bret Werb, music curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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