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Beyond the Music: The Barenboim-Said Academy

original title
Jenseits der Musik: Die Barenboim-Said Musikakademie
Director
David Bernt
Country
Germany, Switzerland
Year
2019
Duration
52 min

UK Premiere 

Renowned Palestinian academic Edward Said died in 2003 but his humanist spirit is very much alive in Berlin’s Barenboim-Said Academy. Much like the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra he founded with his close friend Daniel Barenboim over 20 years ago, the academy, too, aspires to create a place where music, philosophy and humanistic ideals break down cultural and national berries. For the students, who come from different corners of the Middle East, the academy offers a rare opportunity to form lasting friendships with like-minded people whom they would have not met otherwise. Featuring Barenboim, architect Frank Gehry and Said’s widow Mariam – as well as many of the young talented musicians who attend the school – this delightful documentary is a sanguine reminder to us all that co-existence is not beyond our reach.

Sponsored by: Ruth and Martin Dunitz

Supported by the Goethe-Institut London and The Embassy of Switzerland 

 

 

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