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A shared humanity,
This review is from: Knowledge is the beginning: The Ramallah Concert [DVD]  (DVD)
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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