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Chants of Sand and Stars

Directed by Nicolas Klotz

Israel-France-Canada-Belgium | 90 minutes | 1998

French, Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew with English subtitles

The music that accompanies Jewish liturgy, chazzanut, is a rich and varied outgrowth of centuries of influence from the cultures of Diaspora. From the desert sands of Judea to the steppes of Central Asia to the neighborhoods of Manhattan, through Medieval Spain and Renaissance Venice, director Nicolas Klotz has fashioned a brilliant musical tapestry. Chants of Sand and Stars includes mesmerizing footage from Azerbaijan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey. Seeking the unifying thread in chazzanut, Klotz discovers many different cultures with little in common, each rooted in the deepest traditions of its land. Klotz ends his search in Israel, where the many Diasporas converge. Chants of Sand and Stars is the first in-depth exploration of Jewish music worldwide.
Foreign Title Chants de sable et d'├ętoiles
Director Nicolas Klotz
Countries of Production Israel-France-Canada-Belgium
Year of Presentation 1998
Language(s) French, Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 90 minutes
Principal Cast Ami Flammer
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