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Defiant Requiem

Defiant Requiem
Pittsburgh Premiere
Director: Doug Shultz
2012, USA/Czech Republic, 85 minutes

An astonishing look back at the story of young Czech conductor Rafael Schächter who, while imprisoned in Terezin, led a makeshift choir of 150 fellow inmates in performing Verdi’s Requiem. A celebration of perseverance and the power of art and dignity in the face of inhumanity, the film also tells the story of distinguished music conductor Murry Sidlin's memorial concert held at Terezin in 2010. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth.


Winner - Best Documentary - Big Apple Film Festival


After the film, Paul Guggenheimer (Essential Pittsburgh) will interview survivor Magda Herzberger, followed by a dessert reception.


Sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh.


All Festival Films and Programs Subject to Change.

Defiant Requiem
Wednesday, April 17
7 p.m.

The Manor Theater
1729 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tickets for this film are no longer available online.  A limited number of seats may be available at the door 30 minutes before showtime.

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