To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and ... See full summary »


(as Alberto Arvelo Mendoza)


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Credited cast:
Claudio Abbado ...
Himself - Interviewee
Jose Antonio Abreu ...
Himself - Interviewee
Daniel Arias ...
Himself - Interviewee / Violoncello
Joyce Blanco ...
Herself - Interviewee / Viola
Mark Churchill ...
Himself - Interviewee
Daniel Coronado ...
Himself - Interviewee / Trumpet
Himself - Interviewee / Conductor
Johnny Gomez ...
Himself - Interviewee
Kenneth Jones ...
Himself - Interviewee / Violin
Ronny Marcano ...
Himself - Interviewee / Trumpet
Eduardo Marturet ...
Himself - Interviewee
Eduardo Mendez ...
Himself - Interviewee
Simon Rattle ...
Himself - Interviewee / Conductor
Lila Rivas ...
Herself - Interviewee / Violin
Edicson Ruiz ...
Himself - Interviewee / Bass


To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System - an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history. The documentary portrays the inspirational stories of world class musicians trained by the Venezuelan system, including the Berlin Philharmonic's youngest player Edicson Ruiz and world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. With interviews with many of the world's most celebrated musicians including the great tenor Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Guiseppe Sinopoli, and Eduardo Mata, To Play and To Fight is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that... only those who dream can achieve the impossible. Written by Anonymous

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30 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to add a few comments regarding the criticisms to this film, specifically its production values. I wanted to provide some background so that the film is viewed within its historical context.

This film was originally a commission piece by the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra to Director Alberto Arvelo. The orchestra wanted an internal corporate video to be used for the orchestra's 30th anniversary. It was not initially predicted that the film would have such international interest or that the film would eventually screen around the world. The film instead had a clear internal purpose: to document the role of the orchestra and its founders in the status of music education in Venezuela. The film was therefore produced with a minimal budget and very limited resources. There were no funds for online editing, fixing archival footage, color correction, online mastering, etc, etc. In addition, the editorial decisions had to be made in the context of its initial purpose.

Despite these limitations, the director created such a beautiful work that we agreed to help the film reach the international markets. We then began coordinating the film's distribution and festival appearances in 2006 and invested significant amounts of money in bringing the film to the international scene, mostly because we are committed to this story. Unfortunately, we did not have the resources necessary to re-edit the film and fix some of the technical and editorial problems, but we are working hard in raising these funds and we anticipate completing the re-edit this film in 2007. We hope that the new version of the film will facilitate its commercial distribution and ensure the dissemination of this inspirational story throughout the world.

Nestor L. Lopez-Duran Executive Vice-President Explorart Films

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