Ida Haendel: This Is My Heritage
March 20, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Ida Haendel: This Is My Heritage 
Directed by: Christine Jezior and edited by Oskar Jezior.
Ida Haendel: This Is My Heritage, is an honest account of growing older, a story of solitude and one's total devotion and love for music. Ida Haendel, widely considered one of the finest violinists of the 20th century, does not attach too much weight to exact dates. Her actual age remains one of the best-kept secrets in the music world. A Jewish Polish-born British citizen who managed to flee the Nazis right before the outbreak of the war, she has been residing in Miami since the early 80s and now considers it her home. She is a flamboyant character with a sharp sense of humor who doesn't mind presenting the high and low points of her eventful life in a profoundly honest way. She hasn't given up dreaming and searching yet. Her biggest wish is to be able to continue playing her beloved violin as long as possible. Presented by  This film is not rated yet. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Willow Theatre at
Sugar Sand Park

Boca Raton, FL

Honored Guest 
Ida Haendel "The Grande Dame of the Violin" 
Ida Haendel a woman who defies age. Today, she says, she has more to offer as an artist than ever before. "Flamboyant" is the word that first comes to mind when you meet the legendary violinist, Ida Haendel. In her turquoise pantaloons, rose-patterned high heels, white knit sweater and extravagant jewellery, she conducts one of her rare master classes. "I don't want to teach, I don't want to tell anybody else how they should play," she says when asked about the lessons. Yet for the duration of the class, Haendel manages to inspire, impress and encourage a group of some of the world's most talented young violinists.
She uses Greta Garbo to make a point about how a crucial passage in CÚsar Franck's violin sonata should sound: "Greta Garbo would only give a sigh, and everyone around her would collapse from the power of its hushed meaning," she says. Then she takes a student's violin and plays the passage, proving her argument in sound, adding: "You give everything too soon, but less is more. It's about control and what comes next. Everything is a strategy, like a general preparing for war."
Film Introduction by Special Guest
Director of Miami International Piano Festival 
Giselle Brodsky 
Mrs. Brodsky is the founder, director and chief artistic advisor of Patrons of Exceptional Artists, Inc. a foundation dedicated to the support of exceptionally gifted performing artists. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Miami International Piano Festival, where she oversees all music events. Her track record for finding and presenting exceptional artists has been impressive and she is widely recognized as an authority figure in the field of classical musical. Most of the artists discovered and presented at the Miami International Piano Festival are today enjoying successful careers. In the past few years she has been interviewed and featured in several articles that have appeared in prestigious publications such as the New York Times, Piano Today, International Piano Magazine, the Miami Herald, and Steinway Magazine.Mrs. Brodsky is committed to the promotion of classical music and oversees the educational activities of the Festival. She has pioneered the "Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow"series as part of the Festival which has resulted in the production of a documentary that was aired on PBS television. This forward-thinking program has reached hundreds of school children through collaborations with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Her collaboration with Rod Williams, the brilliant producer of this documentary will hopefully result in the co production with the BBC of a new documentary, "The Ivory & the Ecstasy". 
Beginning February through May, Sugar Sand Park will welcome this one-of-a-kind documentary film festival experience. Tickets are $5.00 per film and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box Office at Sugar Sand Park at 561-347-3948, or online at:  Each film begins at 7:00 pm, and the films are not yet rated, so adult supervision is required. To learn more about DocMiami International Film Festival, visit
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