Hava Nagila, the Movie


Finally, an answer to a question that people have been asking themselves for years: where did Hava Nagila come from?

Hava Nagila, the Movie, explores the history and significance of a song that is the staple at Jewish wedding celebrations. It does so through a contextualized lens so that people who are not familiar with the intricacies of Jewish traditions can enjoy the artistic touch and subtle humour that are present throughout the documentary. It balances itself evenly with some wholesome and occasionally profound moments that show exactly just how much history the song carries on its notes.

Director Roberta Grossman and writer Sophie Sartain are eager to learn where it all began and why its popularity has spread around the planet — to the point where it has been regularly sung by non-Jews in China, India, Estonia, Thailand and Texas. The song has even been performed by the likes of Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, and The Beatles.
Hava Nagila, the Movie, is a lighthearted look into Jewish celebrations, and a great unifying movie for audiences of all faiths. We strongly recommend this documentary!

Directed by: Roberta Grossman
Running time: 73 minutes
Parental guidance: for all
Playing at: Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario

Website: http://havanagilamovie.com/

Hava Nagila, the Movie Trailer

Trailer for Hava Nagila (The Movie) from Katahdin Productions on Vimeo.