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The definitive, glorious (and musical) story of how the Hebrew song Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice), set to a traditional melody from the Ukraine, became the signature theme of Jewish life. Despite having become truly universal in appeal, the song never lost either its Jewish soul or origin. Features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, and Glen Campbell, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor and Chubby Checker. Plan to walk out humming--or maybe singing out loud--this very special and universally appealing melody.

  • Director: Roberta Grossman
  • Country: USA | Ukraine | Israel
  • Genre: Documentary | Comedy | History | Music
  • Year: 2013
  • Run Time: 01:12:59
  • imdb Score: 0.0/10 (0 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell and Connie Francis
"It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey. Aided by vivid archival footage and photos, the movie charts the evolution of the song through the Holocaust, the birth of Israel and the modern Jewish Diaspora."
Garry Goldstein - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Grossman finds lively, often passionate and funny interpreters - among them rabbis, historians, musicologists and klezmer musicians - to guide us through the song's many transformations. "
Ella Taylor - NPR

"A toe-tapping, entertaining celebration of the song, starring Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy and many others."
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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Miami Jewish Film Festival 2013

Washington DC Jewish Film Festival 2013

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2012

Boston Jewish Film Festival 2012