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WJFF: Zuzana - Music is Life

Date: 21 May 2017 6:15 PM - 23 May 2017 8:15 PM, Venue: Bethesda Row / E Street

The Washington Jewish Film Festival presents the triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and forty years of communist persecution. 

Zuzana: Music is Life
Dirs. Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels
(83 min, Czech Republic/United States, 2017, English and Czech with English subtitles)
Documentary, DC Premiere

Zuzana’s story is remarkable not just because she fulfilled her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated a lifetime of political and anti-Semitic persecution, never letting go of her belief that Bach’s music transcended human suffering. Dispatched by the communists to perform in hundreds of concerts and competitions, Zuzana Ruzickova became a tour-de-force abroad, and a source of foreign currency for the regime at home. She is the only person to have recorded Bach’s entire keyboard works, which were released in November 2016 by Warner Music. Zuzana Ruzickova’s story transcends the personal, in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art during Europe’s turbulent 20th century. 

TICKETS: https://goo.gl/l85Mcf

Screenings

Sunday, May 21, 6:20 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema

Tuesday, May 23, 6:15 pm
E Street Cinema