Director: Alison Chernick
Documentary | USA | 80 minutes | 2017
If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and ultimately the contribution of
the Jewish people, it’s Itzhak Perlman. The violin is the chosen instrument of Perlman, the
vehicle he has used to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. In
Perlman and his music, we hear the story of obstacles and survival, we trace the path of the
Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, we see the comfort of home
and family and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive.
We hear his tales of growing up as the child of Polish survivors - where his mastery of the
instrument takes him from his small neighborhood in Tel Aviv to the world’s most prominent
stages - we hear his perspective on music and life. Through Itzhak Perlman, we’re able to
see an artist at work, a modern Jewish family embracing its heritage while living in a world
of changing expectations, and how the legacy of both the Jewish people and the violin are
knitted together in one remarkable human being.