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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



That Orchestra with Broken Instruments

Yuval HAMEIRI, Michal VAKNIN

  • Israel
  • 2020
  • 79min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

A broken string, fractured echo chamber, rusting valves. One brilliant conductor, three gifted composers, and 100 musicians meet for four days of rehearsals. They speak different languages. Their instruments are broken. An orchestra of professional and amateur musicians, young and old, prepare, against all odds, for a one-time-only concert in Jerusalem. A poetic, engaging take on broken and whole presents Jerusalem characters and an attempt to create harmony in a discordant city.

Review

In an auditorium, a group of people gathers. In their hands are musical instruments. An unusual aspect of their gathering is that all their instruments are broken, snapped, or rusted. The hundred musicians who differ in experience, age, gender, race, and language prepare for a performance to be held at a festival at Jerusalem. That Orchestra with Broken Instruments is a documentary that made by Israelite directors Yuval HAMEIRI and Michal VAKNIN which records the process of the festival’s making. The scene in which these performers, composers and directors collect the broken instruments and gather at the auditorium to immerse themselves in the rehearsal is a reproduction of Jerusalem stained by struggle and collision. The members who comprise of this ad-hoc orchestra do not question each other’s origins, backgrounds, or ideas; they only make sound with their instruments to achieve one goal: to create harmony which will take place as one single performance. If there is a place for any musical notes, so there will be for any other existence in the city. This is an art’s alternative solution to the Jerusalem, a city of dissonance.

Director

  • Yuval HAMEIRI

    Hameiri is a non-disciplinary artist working in film, theatre, and performance born in Haifa. His works combine object-theatre with documentary cinema, stage with screen, humor with pain. His art seeks after the poetics of everyday life and the relationship between matter and meaning. 

  • Michal VAKNIN

    Vaknin is a Jerusalem born artist, performer and artistic director. She was the artistic director of the Mekudeshet festival in 2018 and 2019 and currently the co Artistic Director of The Israel Festival.

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