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A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own. | Add synopsis »
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  (Credited cast)
Joesph Feingold ... Himself
Regina Feingold ... Herself
Ame Gilbert ... Himself
Felice Mancini ... Herself
Tricia Steele ... Herself
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Handing it to the next generation, 1 February 2017
Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"Joe's Violin" is a 24-minute live action documentary from the United States and this one premiered last year in 2016. It received a solid deal of awards recognition and it is among the five Oscar nominees in the Best Documentary Short category. This is the forth from the bunch I have seen so far, the only one still missing is "Watani". I find it extremely difficult to make a prediction who is going to take home the crown this year as I would say quality-wise they are all very much on the same level. I was not really stunned by any of them, but all were pretty decent. And honestly, this one here is not only about the Holocaust, which the Academy always loves as a subject, but also about music, namely about playing the violin and music has been a very successful subject recently, especially in the documentaries ("Amy", 20 Feet from Stardom, "Lady in Number 6" and there is certainly more). It is also very difficult to predict because all the film (try to) make an emotional impact, some more some less and this one here is certainly among those who do more. Maybe it is sometimes a bit too much, but nonetheless some sequences are pretty effective, like the actual meeting between the Holocaust survivor and the young violin player who received his instrument. Also with all the ethnic backgrounds in here (not just the two, also the teacher for example), the film is a statement on diversity and I would not be surprised at all if it gets director Kahane Cooperman the Oscar.

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