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  • Directors: Paul Smaczny
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Music Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BS6YBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,074 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On August 21, 2005, during the week of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an historic concert took place in the city of Ramallah, in the Palestinian Territory, given by a world-class orchestra of young Arabs and Israelis, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. This was the first time the Orchestra gave a concert in one of its members' home countries. It was standing-room only in the 700-seat concert hall, and the atmosphere was electric. The programme included Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2006
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I was greatly looking forward to the release of these DVDs, and was not disappointed. There are 2 DVDs, one dealing with the creation of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra and the other giving the concert. I watched both on the same night, and found it edifying to see the documentary before the concert. It underlined the difficulties under which the orchestra members were working, and by the same token showed how professional they were in overcoming them. It is impossible to separate the politics from the music, as is emphasised in the DVDs, so to find great music produced under these fraught circumstances is little short of miraculous. I had heard a snippet on the radio from this orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s 5th and was entranced by the warmth of the sound. The full performance of this symphony – one of my favourites – was slightly marred by the (it seemed to me) increased speed of the third movement, but nonetheless it was enjoyable. The inclusion of Elgar’s work was a bonus, doubly poignant when played again over pictures of the Israeli musicians leaving rapidly in a convoy of cars afterwards. The achievement of Daniel Barenboim and the sadly-missed Edward Said is remarkable and one can only hope that it leads to more positive (i.e. less destructive) political attitudes in that troubled area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sonya on 23 Feb. 2009
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It is seldom that a documentary moves one to tears, but this one certainly does. The aspirations expressed by this DVD seem to be seriously challenged by recent events in the Israli-Palestinian conflict. But that fact only raises the importance of this message.
A great lesson, not only about the power of music, but about the importance of learning to be in dialogue across boundaries despite, and because of, even the most fundamental differences. Also a great lesson about courageous leadership by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manfred Lange on 9 April 2010
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This movie provides excellent and compelling evidence for the tremendous power that lies in music, when performed as a group and in an orchestra. The vision, intellectual strength and determination of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim in bringing together young musicians from Israel, Palestine and the Middle East in the joint endeavour of practicing and performing classical music at an extremely high standard has not only contributed to empower these young people, but has also created a forum for meeting and getting to know each other - for some a "voyage" into a so far completely unexplored sphere. The movie, which masterfully illustrates both the musical part of the practicing sessions as well as the discussions and disputes among the participants, is moving and impressive at the same time. It is highly recommended to anyone in the region as well as elsewhere interested in finding and exploring ways to foster understanding and mutual trust and to pave the way to a peaceful and harmonious (in the end!) life in this conflict ridden part of the world.
Manfred
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ilsevw on 22 April 2010
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This singular documentary and concert recording reflect on the harmony which is possible if the focus is on a shared humanity rather than the differences between cultures. The Jewish conductor/pianist, Daniel Barenboim, and the Palestinian literary theorist, Edward Said do not suggest an easy solution to the Palestine-Israeli dilemma, but rather show through their deep friendship that ethnicity does not need to be a barrier between people. The interviews with the young musicians give a glimpse of how the youth of the Middle East react to the conflict in their region. The director finds a fine balance between informing a wider public of the experiences of people living in the Middle East and enchanting the viewer with exquisite music.

The documentary chronicles the development of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra through the first six years of its existance and culminates in the realisation of the dream to perform in Ramallah. It is a testimony to the power of music.
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