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  International Film Circuit presents
a film by Katahdin Productions and More Horses Productions

“A toe-tapping,
entertaining celebration.”
– G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle



A film by Roberta Grossman

US • 2012 • 73 minutes • 16:9 • 5.1 Stereo • NR • English

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The definitive, glorious (and musical) story of how the Hebrew song Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice), set to a traditional melody from the Ukraine, became the signature theme of Jewish life. Despite having become truly universal in appeal, the song never lost either its Jewish soul or origin.

Features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, and Glen Campbell, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor and Chubby Checker.

Plan to walk out humming--or maybe singing out loud--this very special and universally appealing melody.

    “Infectiously high-spirited.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

Through the unlikely prism of this song the documentary manages to tell
a complicated story of cultural adaptation while providing a fresh look
at a good chunk of modern Jewish history.”

– Rachel Saltz, New York Times

– New York Magazine

“As surprisingly rich as it is fizzy and infectious!”

– Filmmaker Magazine

You’ll leave the theater happily humming.
– Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News

Smart about the stuff that matters.
– George Robinson, The New York Jewish Week

– Renata Polt, Hadassah Magazine

This rare documentary will have you laughing,
clapping, and tapping your feet, and give you new appreciation
of a tune you've heard all of your life.”

– Lincoln Spector, BayFlicks.net

A highly entertaining experience unlike any other documentary
in recent memory. Hava Nagila: The Movie is one of those rare,
crowd-pleasing documentaries that compels you to tap your toes
and leaves you with a great big smile on your face.”
– NYC Movie Guru

Warmly appealing.
A fascinating, colorful picture.
An extremely hamishe (cozy) affair.”
– David Noh, Film Journal

A celebration of Jewish community.”

– Sue Fishkoff, Jweekly

"HAVA will have you dancing in the aisles."
– Jennifer Merin, womensenews.org


Opening Night
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Closing Night
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection
New York Jewish Film Festival
Closing Night
Washington DC Jewish Film Festival
Opening Night
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Opening Night
Miami Jewish Film Festival
Opening Night
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Opening Night
Denver Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection
Toronto Jewish Film Festival

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