Hava Nagila: The Movie

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It is instantly recognizable - musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It conjures up wistful smiles, memories of generations past...and no shortage of eye rolling. But as audiences will discover in Hava Nagila (The Movie), the song is much more than a tale of Jewish kitsch and bad bar mitzvah fashions. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own believe-it-or-not way, Hava Nagila encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. (c) Official Site

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Thankfully there are enough eloquent talking heads to keep this watchable.

May 3, 2013 | Full Review…

A slight, but very satisfying, and at times, surprisingly moving, documentary about the inescapable Jewish anthem and wedding and bar mitzvah music staple.

May 2, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An entertaining examination of the "kitschy and profound" song's cultural and historical origins.

Apr 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.

Mar 14, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The attitude is so much fun and the story so involving that a little naches is forgivable.

Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Even the occasional bad jokes feel like part of this story.

Mar 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

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