The Israel Film Service Collection

Blue and White Notes - Ben Zion Orgad

40 Minutes, 2012
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Directed by: Nathan Lifshitz
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Nathan Lifshitz
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An episode from a documentary series produced by the Israel Film Service about musicians who won the Israel Prize.
When Ben Zion Orgad was four years old, he used to walk in the forest near his home in Germany and sing. In his later years, during the filming of the movie, he talks about how the Israeli landscape replaced the European nature as his musical inspiration.
Orgad immigrated to Israel at a young age and played music until he fought in the War of Independence. After a hiatus from playing music, he said his fingers ‘stopped listening to him.’ That’s why he traveled to the United States to study composition, and there, he experienced an awakening when he managed to think about music in a ‘non-verbal’ way.
In this movie, Orgad himself, his partner Rivka Raz, his son Eyal, and his friend, the pianist Alon Goldstein, recount his life and his creations.

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