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Hava Nagila: The Movie (2012)

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A documentary on the history, mystery, and meaning of the ubiquitous Jewish standard that follows the around-the-world journey of the song from Ukraine to Youtube. of the song "Hava Nagila."

Director:

Roberta Grossman

Writer:

Sophie Sartain

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Credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Glen Campbell ... Himself
Connie Francis ... Herself
The Klezmatics ... Themselves
Danny Maseng Danny Maseng ... Himself
Leonard Nimoy ... Himself
Rusty Schwimmer ... Narration
Regina Spektor ... Herself
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It's to music what the bagel is to food - a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that's only the beginning when it comes to Hava Nagila. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE) takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village and Hollywood, using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

song | hava nagila | jewish | singing | See All (4) »

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The song you thought you knew. The story you won't believe.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Ukraine | Israel

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Хава нагила See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,218, 3 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$369,753, 3 November 2013
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Funny, interesting
19 July 2014 | by corymezavergaraSee all my reviews

Don't believe the low rated score, probably deliberately skewed low for "certain reasons". This movie was funny, interesting little documentary. A delightful look into Jewish culture for those of us non-Jews who know this song so well but have no idea about it's background or influence. Although on the surface it's about the song, in examining the song it gives a deeper look into Jewish culture. It looks at the history of the song and it's progression of the decades into modern pop culture. All in a light, interesting way. Recommended. Although be forewarned, you will hear the song about 100 times during the course of the documentary!


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