The definitive, glorious (and musical) story of how the Hebrew song "Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice)," set to a traditional melody from the Ukraine, became the signature theme of Jewish life. Despite having become truly universal in appeal, the song never lost either its Jewish soul or origin. Features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, and Glen Campbell, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor and Chubby Checker. Plan to walk out humming--or maybe singing out loud--this very special and universally appealing melody.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The filmmakers mix the playful and serious, with only occasional lapses.Rachel Saltz, New York Times, 02.28.2013
It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 03.14.2013
Grossman finds lively, often passionate and funny interpreters - among them rabbis, historians, musicologists and klezmer musicians - to guide us through the song's many transformations.Ella Taylor, NPR, 02.28.2013
This richly entertaining documentary relates the history of the ubiquitous song that has been covered by everyone from Lena Horne to Elvis.Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 02.25.2013