Ashkenaz is once again pleased to support the Toronto Jewish Film Festival by co-presenting three events as part of their 25th anniversary festival, taking place May 4-14, 2017. Event info is beloe, and be sure to visit the TJFF WEBSITE for all their program information.
BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE (2016, 59 minutes)
Written by bandleader Johnny Green and with lyrics by Edward Heyman, “Body and Soul” is among the most enduring standards. Through interviews with historians and music enthusiasts and featuring rare archival footage, Body and Soul: An American Bridge examines this timeless song’s history and illustrates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures.
May 6, 9pm @Alliance Francaise
May 8, 3:30pm, Cineplex Empress Walk
MANDALA BEATS (2017, 45 minutes)
Known as the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar, Israeli bassist and producer Yossi Fine has recorded and produced music with artists from across the globe, including Lou Reed and David Bowie. Learning of Indian roots in his family, Fine departs on a journey of rediscovery, setting out for India to explore new sounds and collaborate with local musicians. Discovering a world of Jewish music in India, Fine performs there with Israeli musicians such as Shye Ben Tzur and Gil Ron Shama in some of the country’s holiest places. In her first feature-length documentary, Canadian filmmaker Rebekah Reiko offers a lively and joyous musical journey.
May 14, 8:30pm, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
TJFF WRAP PARTY
Featuring live performance by YOSSI FINE adnd BEN AYLON
SUNDAY MAY 14, 10pm, LEE’S PALACE (529 Bloor st. W)