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Sabbath In Paradise

Sabbath In Paradise

Klezmer, the traditional Jewish music, is currently enjoying great popularity. But what is Jewish music? What is actually happening today in the contemporary Jewish music and arts scene? Sabbath in Paradise shows a kaleidos-cope of Jewish life in present-day New York and gives an insight into the diversity of Jewish music between Hassidic Nigunim and free jazz. Through the complex inter-connection of cityscapes and music, of musician portraits and an old legend, Sabbath in Paradise reflects the continuity of Jewish life between orthodoxy and the modern world and gives the viewer the opportunity to experience different aspects of the subject and do this in an entertaining way.


Claudia Heuermann studied Art and Design at the FH Trier from 1985-1989. She then studied Media Art and Film at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne from 1990-1993 and served as an assistant director on Peter F. Bringmann\'s Heaven or Bust and as production manager on Susanne Ofteringer\'s Nico-Icon. Her film Sabbath In Paradise received the Prix du Long Métrage at the Nyon documentary festival in 1997. Her other films are: The Pilton Pyramid Project (experimental video/installation, 1989), Artcrack (documentary short, 1991), Torture Garden (music clip, 1991), Face Control (short, 1992), Nolava (short, 1992), Nachspiel (graduation film, 1993), Forty (short, 1993), Leng Tch\'e (music video, 1995), and Sabbath In Paradise (documentary, 1997).
Category Documentary
Director Claudia Heuermann
Screenplay Claudia Heuermann
Cinematography Rainer Hartmann
Claudia Heuermann
John Zorn
Cast John Zorn, Anthony Coleman, Andy Statman
Producer Claudia Heuermann
Production Company Claudia Heuermann Produktion, Munich, in co-production with Andreas Wildbihler, A.W. Film/Munich
Length 85 min
Format 16 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Mono
Sound Technology Mono, Optical
Festivals Nyon 97: Prix Long Métrage, Cork 97, Kiev 97, Sao Paulo 97, Amsterdam 97
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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