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      Film Screening and Q&A: Defiant Requiem in Beverly Hills

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      January 24, 2019

      Thursday   7:30 PM

      8440 Wilshire Boulevard
      Beverly Hills, California 90211

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      Film Screening and Q&A: Defiant Requiem

      A preview of the Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín concert to be performed at Royce Hall in April, this documentary film tells the remarkable story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) camp during World War II, who performed the ambitious Verdi Requiem while enduring the depths of human degradation. The film will be followed by Q&A with Murry Sidlin, president and creative director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, and rabbis from Sinai Temple, Stephen Wise Temple, Temple of the Arts and Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. Defiant Requiem, a feature-length documentary film, highlights the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp during World War II: the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941. He demonstrated moral leadership under the most brutal circumstances, determined to sustain courage and hope for his fellow prisoners by enriching their souls through great music. His most extraordinary act was to recruit 150 prisoners and teach them Verdi’s Requiem by rote in a dank cellar using a single score, over multiple rehearsals, and after grueling days of forced labor. The Requiem was performed on 16 occasions for fellow prisoners. The last, most infamous performance occurred on June 23, 1944 before high-ranking SS officers from Berlin and the International Red Cross to support the charade that the prisoners were treated well and flourishing. With testimony provided by surviving members of Schächter’s choir, soaring concert footage, cinematic dramatizations, and evocative animation, this unique film explores the singers’ view of the Verdi as a work of defiance and resistance against the Nazis. The text of the Requiem Mass enabled them, as Schächter told the chorus, to “sing to the Nazis what they could not say to them.” The Defiant Requiem Foundation collaborated with Partisan Pictures to produce Defiant Requiem. Conceived by Foundation President and Founder, Murry Sidlin, a distinguished conductor, educator, and artistic innovator, Defiant Requiem was written and directed by Doug Shultz. The Executive Producer is Peter Schnall, founder of Partisan Pictures. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is an artifact-rich institution that was founded in 1961 by Holocaust survivors who met in Los Angeles, each with their own personal experience and precious documents, photographs, and objects that connected them with their history, family, and friends. They believed in the importance of creating a space to commemorate their loved ones, house their precious artifacts, and educate future generations. Today, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust continues its mission to commemorate, educate and inspire. General Admission - $0.00

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