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Film: Between Two Notes

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

A musical journey to transcend borders

“The world is divided in half-east and west – the halves weep – they long for each other.”

A journey through Arabic music: Tel Aviv, Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, Aleppo….  In a troubled world, these cities share a common inheritance, that of classical Arab music. Florence Strauss leaves Paris for the Middle East to discover an unknown and hidden part of her family’s past. Her journey and quest are transformed by the people that she meets along the way. She records encounters with musicians mainly, who are also poets and visionaries of this musical history of the Middle East that they have carried and passed on in the sound of their voices.

Young and elder, Muslims, Christians and Jews by voice and traditional instruments they are all inspired by Abdelwahab and Oum Kalthoum, the Egyptian icons. They carry on their own melodies of their voice and the rhythm of their hands.  Followed by conversation with Amit Breuer, film producer.

2006 | Dir Florence Strauss | France-Canada | 84 min | English, French, Arabic, Hebrew subtitles

Amit Breuer is a Toronto based, award winning documentary filmmaker, an innovative interactive media producer and a well known consultant to International digital co-productions. Through her company, Amythos Media, she has earned many accolades as well as international recognition for several outstanding projects. Her hard hitting, insightful, and sometimes controversial documentaries such as The Specialist, Checkpoint, Purity, Love Letters to the Future and The Guantanamo Trap.

She worked with well known documentarists like Eyal Sivan, Avi Mograbi, Simon Bitton, as well as emerging talents such as Yoav Shamir and Anat Zuria and has won over 50 awards from Best Documentary to Best Reporting in film festivals held in various countries including Canada, USA, Israel, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, France and The Czech Republic. For her considerable contributions to the genre, she was awarded the prestigious Israeli Arts Council Award in 2002.

In 2004 Breuer immigrated from Israel to Canada. Between 2006-2009 she co-programmed Voices Forward, an annual cultural event bringing together Toronto Palestinian/Israeli artists and filmmakers. She is regularly invited to speak and participate as a panelist at industry conferences with an international focus such as SXSW, Berlinale, Hot Docs, Dok Leipzig, IDFA, CPH Copenhagen and Docs North.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.