This is a little-known story of the power of music, resilience of the human spirit, and the will to survive. It begins in Nazi Germany, 1933. Jews were turned out from most of their jobs, including the performing arts. In response to the Third Reich's restriction, a group of Jewish artists proposed to the Nazis that they create a Jewish cultural organization to perform operas, dramas, and symphonies for Jewish audiences only. The Nazis approved the proposal. Between 1933 and 1941, under the Nazi's supervision, Jüdischer Kulturbund, or the Jewish Cultural League, performed in theatres in more than 42 cities in Germany. When the Kulturbund closed, some members emigrated or went into hiding, others were sent to the camps. This documentary film will follow a group of diverse actors who will improvise a play inspired by the resilience of the Kulturbund artists and their passion for art.
Director: Mark Jonathan Harris Editor: Yu Gu Producer: Gail Prensky