Hava Nagila (The Movie), presented by the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona


It’s to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide phenomenon. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning when it comes to “Hava Nagila.” Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a high-spirited documentary romp that takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood – and even Bollywood – using the infectious party song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music. Follow the song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep and insightful film. Plan to walk out of the theatre humming – or maybe even singing out loud – the supremely infectious tune at the heart of Hava Nagila (The Movie) (Dir. by Roberta Grossman, 2012, USA, 73 mins., Not Rated, International Film Circuit) Digital