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  • The Underground Orchestra

    1998. The Netherlands. Heddy Honigmann. 108 min.

Monday, February 8, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Underground Orchestra

    1998. The Netherlands. Directed by Heddy Honigmann. A glorious documentary profiling musicians who play on the sidewalks of Paris and in the Metro. Honigmann illuminates the lives and music of a ragtag group of international bohemians: an Argentine pianist, Romanian father-and-son violinists, a Venezuelan harpist, and singers from Mali and Vietnam. All are united by their experiences with political repression, and by a luminous spirit and boundless courage that led them to flee any number of horrendous situations throughout the world. After they find refuge in Paris, music becomes their economic lifeline, but as this film makes movingly clear, it is also a shining metaphor for their will to survive. Courtesy Icarus Films. In French, Spanish; English subtitles. 108 min.