Director Yale Strom will introduce his film, "A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer" and give a demonstration with live musical examples. Sponsored by the Global Education Center as part of its Forum on International Issues, this event will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in McEachern Recital Hall.
The film explores the symbiotic relationship between the Rom and Jews who lived together in the Carpathian region before and after World War II. Prior to the Holocaust, the klezmer musicians at Jewish celebration were frequently not Jews but Rom, some of whom spoke Yiddish fluently. "A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer" examines how this persecuted group, the Rom, saved Jewish folk music until it could be returned to the Jews, allowing the rebirth of Jewish music in Hungary. The 58-minute film was produced by Duna TV (Hungary) and Starcrest Films (Frankfurt, Germany).
For further information contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu. This event is free and open to the public.