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To Play and to Fight (2006)
"Tocar y luchar" (original title)

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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 »


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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
Gustavo Dudamel ...
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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Powerful movie, BAD presentation.
7 November 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This film about the youth orchestra in Venenzula literally had me weeping at the very beginning. My god!! The Passion! The drive the kids had! This made me all mushy. The music the kids play is simply beautiful, and I don't know, it's just so emotional to see kids with such drive. I really enjoyed the subject of this film. It's just too bad it's ruined by the totally hideous camera work, it's just shaking all over the place, stupid editing (whoa! choppy choppy!) and bad BAD archival footage they had. I'm all for archival footage, but please, when you present something like this, you NEED to make it presentable, not in a total blur. The concert footage in this movie is just BAD. I wonder where they took the footage from. A terrible flaw in an otherwise great movie.

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