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Florida Premiere

Dreams of Hope

Directed by Henry Panion, III & David Macon

USA | 56 minutes | 2020

Dreams of Hope tells the story of a historic concert at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, more than 50 years after a hate crime there killed four African American girls. Conducted by Dr. Henry Panion III, the concert performance features musical instruments that serve as symbols of hope - violins restored from Holocaust concentration camps. This exquisite documentary-concert film celebrates the power of music and shines a spotlight on a remarkable performance that featured world-renowned Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, founder of Violins of Hope, and his family. With acclaimed composer, arranger, and conductor Henry Panion III & Orchestra, internationally acclaimed violinist Caitlin Edwards performed the world premiere of Dreams of Hope for Solo Violin & Orchestra on the Auschwitz Violin (circa 1850), one of the many violins discovered and restored by Weinstein from the infamous concentration camps of the Holocaust. Dreams of Hope is a demonstration of what can happen when people of diverse backgrounds and cultures come together and communicate with a common voice while recognizing and celebrating their differences.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Dr. Henry Panion, III and moderator Rabbi Laila Haas. To view the conversation please click here.

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Henry Panion, III is most known for his work as conductor and arranger for superstar Stevie Wonder, for whose performances and recordings he has led many of the world’s most notable orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, and Boston Pops Orchestra, among others. David Macon is an accomplished filmmaker and director of photography who has a diverse portfolio of projects that include productions for the Southern Company, Alabama Power Company, Brasfield & Gorrie, Mercedes-Benz US International, and more.
Director Henry Panion, III & David Macon
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2020
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 56 minutes
Principal Cast Henry Panion, III, Assi Weinstein, Amnon Weinstein, Sallie Downs

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