- Actors: Daniel Barenboim
- 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: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000BS6YBA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,194 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Knowledge is the beginning: The Ramallah Concert [DVD] [NTSC]
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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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The first disc is a documentary which follows them from the first Weimar workshop in 1999 till 2004. Through remarkably honest, truly moving footage the viewer sees a group of young people from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel set aside received prejudices in order to make music together and - at the end of each day - to discuss frankly the complex issues that divide them. All this sets the stage for appreciating the enormous historical significance of DVD 2 - the live Ramallah concert of 2005. In both DVDs in was struck by the vision, the humanity, but also the genuine humility of Daniel Barenboim who, after all, is arguably one of the greatest living musicians. It is fair to assume that he doesn't NEED to spend months of each year on the work of the foundation, but does so out of sheer desire to play a part in encouraging a generation of young people in the Middle East that change is possible. I see that another reviewer has stated that this is not the finest interpretation of the works performed at the concert, and that perhaps WEDO did not perform at its best. With respect, that is to miss the point!! I too am a music-lover, indeed I play professionally, and his observation may be justified. But the very fact that so many obstacles were overcome and that the concert was held at all is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. I feel privileged to have been able to watch this. Do buy it!!
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The story is a humanist and emotional look at the creation and growth of an Israeli & Arab youth orchestra, by two great people Edward Said & Daniel Barenboim. The culmination is the Ramallah Concert which is remarkable not just for the music but the way in which the orchestra divided and reassembled to play under armed guard! Fabulous stuff!