Poster for Itzhak

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  3. Asheville Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  4. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. Central Massachusetts Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  6. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. Toledo Jewish Film Festival - 2018

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  1. ‘Itzhak’ shows how even a violin whiz can crack wise

    “When I hear that playing, it’s like breathing. It’s like being alive.”

    That’s Toby Perlman, the wife of Itzhak Perlman, describing the music of her husband in the documentary “Itzhak.” Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship.

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