YIVO Presents 'The Last Klezmer'

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Petty Auditorium

This documentary shares the life and music of Leopold Kozlowski. Executive producer Bernard Berkin will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the film.

Klezmer music, sometimes called Jewish "soul" music, has a rich past, and now, a revitalized future. This festive Jewish band music originated in pre-World War II Poland. It is now in a cultural and musical revival all across America. This film looks at one of the pioneers of this music, Leopold Kozlowski. An actor and musical consultant in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, Kozlowski is the last active Klezmer musician trained in the original, prewar tradition.

This spirited documentary follows Kozlowski as he returns, for the first time in 50 years, to the Polish village where he was raised. Although his parents were killed by the Nazis, and he spent much of the war in concentration camps, Kozlowski emerged from the experience devoted to keeping alive his cultural heritage and Klezmer music. As this charming and moving film shows, both Kozlowski and his music have survived and remain vibrant and inspiring.

Released 1994 - Not Rated - 85 minutes - Documentary

Tickets will be distributed at 1:30 pm.