Joe’s Violin, one of the most remarkable Jewish-themed films of the year, was screened at New York’s School of Visual Arts’ theater Monday night—assumedly to help hype its Oscar nomination in the short subject documentary category. The 24-minute film, which can be viewed via The New Yorker, tells the story of 91-year old Joseph Feingold, a Warsaw-born, Upper West Side resident who decided to donate a violin he acquired in a displaced persons’ camp in Germany just after World War II to New York classical station WQXR’s musical instrument drive.
Joe’s Violin is the work of Kahane Cooperman, a producer for The Daily Show who got the idea for the film when she heard a brief mention of a Holocaust survivor donating his violin when she was listening to WQXR during her drive to work. She was seized with the feeling that the violin’s donor and recipient both had stories worth telling, and that she should be the one to tell them.
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