Films screening at this event

Beyond the Music: The Barenboim-Said Academy

original title
Jenseits der Musik: Die Barenboim-Said Musikakademie
David Bernt
Germany, Switzerland
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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