• Hava Nagila (The Movie) (2012)

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Release Date: March 1st, 2013

DVD Release Date: November 5th, 2013

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 13 min

Plot Summary
Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis and Leonard Nimoy are among those featured in filmmaker Roberta Grossman's history of the song "Hava Nagila," from its Russian origins to its prevalence in Jewish culture.

Cast: Rusty Schwimmer

Director: Roberta Grossman

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Katahdin Productions

Distributors: International Film Circuit [us]

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  • Hava Nagila (The Movie) guarantees that the next time you hear the song at a party, you won’t think of it quite the same way. Of course, that won’t slow anyone rushing to the dance floor. show more

  • According to Hava Nagila: The Movie, an infectiously high-spirited new documentary by Roberta Grossman, the most cornball song in the Jewish repertoire has a colorful history that has carried Ashkenazi Jews through the joy and sorrow of 150 years of being thrown around the world. show more

  • Roberta Grossman’s cute documentary gives weight to the tune, tracing its lineage to a town – Sadagora, in the Ukraine – and the 19th century. It bubbled to life as a “Nigun,” a wordless hymn or prayer, more hummed than sung. show more

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