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Knowledge Is the Beginning (2005)

Not Rated | | Music | TV Movie 20 August 2005
Daniel Barenboim established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with the late Palestinian writer Edward Said in order to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Smaczny

Writer:

Paul Smaczny
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daniel Barenboim ... Himself
Edward Said Edward Said ... Himself (archive footage)
West Eastern Divan Orchestra West Eastern Divan Orchestra ... Themselves
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Daniel Barenboim established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with the late Palestinian writer Edward Said in order to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. Their hope was that music would heal and help to bring understanding and tolerance of different beliefs and cultures.The award-winning documentary was produced and directed by Paul Smaczny. The Ramallah Concert was a live recording at the Place of Culture in Ramallah, 21 August 2005. Written by Anonymous

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Music

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Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Daniel Barenboim und das West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Knowledge is the Beginning See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramallah, Gaza, Palestine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arte,EuroArts Music See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Great honor to be part of it
8 February 2010 | by beejamesSee all my reviews

It's a great honor to be the Chinese translator of this movie. As one of the series cooperation between Art Channel Shanghai and the Euro Arts company, we made a Chinese subtitled version and showed in UME cinema Shanghai. When I saw this film for the first time, the conversation between Mr. Barenboim and E. Said affect me a lot. But as the translation work progressed, I became more touched by the Children in the orchestra. I fully recognized the difference between Palestinian youth and Israeli youths, but also noticed the common language of music behind that. When music starts, everything turns into harmony. That is successfully carried out by the director's shot and editing.

For me, the conflict between Daniel Barenboim and the Minister of Culture is the most sad scenes in the whole movie. I'd rather cut it out, but I know that it's the power point of the movie.


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