It's to music what the bagel is to food—a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that's only the beginning when it comes to "Hava Nagila." Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp that takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood—and even Bollywood—using the infectious party song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music. Follow the song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Official Web Site

Director:

Roberta Grossman

Cast:

Johnny Yune, Josh Kun, Henry Sapoznik, James Loeffler, Chazzan Danny Maseng, Rabbi Yisrael Friedman, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Dr. Gila Flam, Edwin Seroussi, Sheryl Shakinovsky, Devorah Lees, Naomi Kaplan, Jay Starr, Deena Starr, Rachel Nathanson, Ayala Goren, Dani Dassa, Leonard Nimoy, Pete Sokolow, Irving Fields, Lila Corwin Berman, Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Lorin Sklamberg, Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, Regina Spektor

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 13mins

Release Year:

2012

Country Of Origin:

USA