BIROBIDZHAN: MUSIC OF THE SOUL

director: 
Matteo Bellinelli
country: 
Switzerland
year: 
2013
category: 
doc
legth: 
53'
section: 
Special Jury in memory of Massimo Prevedello
festival edition: 
2015
Does the Promised Land exist? Many Jews sought it in the Russian Far East: a distant and in many ways inhospitable land where the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, in 1932, founded the Jewish Autonomous Republic of Birobidzhan, designed to host all those Russian Jews who wanted to live, more or less voluntarily, in an independent Jewish state, consistent with their history, their traditions, their language, Yiddish. A land where faiths, languages, cultures and traditions now coexist in harmony.