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November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm



HARMONIA is a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar. Sarah is the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic; Abraham is its almighty conductor. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem joins the Western Side Orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two women. Hagar, feeling Sarah’s pain from not having children, offers to have a baby for her from Abraham, shaking the thin balance in the family. The biblical adaptation later develops to an emotional clash between the born son Ben a 12-year-old phenomenal pianist and his two mothers. Harmonia uncovers the metaphoric emotional roots of the ancient conflict between the two peoples living in Jerusalem, now seeking harmony through a dramatic encounter between Western and Eastern music.

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 98 min.
Director: Ori Sivan
Producer: Mosh Danon
Distributor:  Go2Films
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w|English Subtitles
Rating: N|R
Starring: Alon Aboutboul, Tali Sharon, Ali Suliman

FESTIVALS:  Canada: Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Shalom Europa Alsace Festival of Israeli Cinema, France; Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival; Jewish Motifs- Warsaw, Poland; Nairobi Sherkea Israeli Film Festival, Kenya; JFF’s USA: Washington, Marblehead, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Seattle, Gainesville, Westchester, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Fort Myers, Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, Miami; SERET International Film Festival, UK; Cyprus Film Days, Cyprus; Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Paris, France; Göteborg International Filom Festival, Sweden

AWARDS:  Audience Award, Shalom Europa, Alsace Festival of Israeli Cinema, France;  University of Nicosia Student Jury Award, Cyprus Film Days, Cyprus; The Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography and Films about Jewish Heritage Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography; Jerusalem Film Festival, Best Cinematography

Official Website w|Trailer and Press Kit:  http://www.go2films.com/Art-Culture/Harmonia




ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE is an animated short film telling the unique story from director Kathy McNeal’s own real-life experience entwined with her wish for a little more magic in the world. It’s the first short film from the director and an inspiring story for all to see that unlikely outcomes can be achieved with a little time and effort.

Writer/Director:  Kathy McNeal
Language:  English
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 5 minutes


November 11, 2017
10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
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