Israeli Arts @ 70

Israeli Arts @ 70


♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪>>WELCOME TO ISRAELI ARTS AT 70, CUNY TV’S HALF OUR SPECIAL CELEBRATING THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL. I AM DONNA HANOVER. ISRAEL’S ARTS ARE RENOWNED WORLDWIDE. WONDER WOMAN GAL GADOT IS AN ACTION HERO SUPERSTAR. POP SINGER NETTA WON THIS YEAR’S EUROVISION SONG CONTEST. AUTHOR DAVID GROSSMAN WAS AWARDED THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE. AND IN THE U.S. AN ISRAELI SHOW FAUDA IS ONE OF THE TOP TV SERIES ON NETFLIX. ON BROADWAY, THE BAND’S VISIT, BASED ON AN ISRAELI FILM, WON 10 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL. WHY ARE SO MUCH ART COMING OUT OF A YOUNG COUNTRY? IT IS BECAUSE ISRAEL IS A RICH TAPESTRY OF CULTURE, VOICES, PERSPECTIVES, AND FASHION. ALSO BECAUSE OF ISRAEL’S ABILITY TO RESPECT THE ARTS WHILE BREAKING BOUNDARIES AND IT STILL RUNS ON YOUTHFUL ENERGY. WE MEET ARTISTS WHO HAVE FORGED A STRONG PRESENCE IN NEW YORK CITY. TAKE A FRONT ROW SEAT AND ENJOY, WE START WITH DANCE. ♪♪>>SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT ISRAELIS ARE A STARTUP NATION AND SOME PEOPLE THINK OF ISRAEL AS AGRICULTURE, BUT FOR US, IT IS A DANCE NATION. MANY, MANY GOOD DANCERS, MUCH MORE THAN THE COUNTRY CAN HOLD.>>THAT IS THE HEAD OF VERTIGO DANCE COMPANY. HE AND HIS WIFE, 26 YEARS AGO, STARTED THE INNOVATIVE MODERN DANCE COMPANY. IT IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP ISRAELI DANCE TROUPES WITH OTHERS.>>THERE IS SOMETHING TO SAY IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT COMES FROM INSIDE.>>IT COMES FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER, HIS WIFE.>>IT IS COMING FROM UP THERE AND SHE IS JUST THE CHANNEL. DANCE IS ALWAYS VERY PHYSICAL AND VERY HUMAN. THERE IS A LOT OF CONTACT IMPROVISATION, A LOT OF CONNECTION BETWEEN THE DANCERS. PEOPLE ARE REALLY GOING FOR IT.>>THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND VERTIGO IS TO KNOW WHERE THE NAME COMES FROM.>>VERTIGO CAME FROM MY FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE IN THE ISRAEL AIR FORCE AS A PILOT. THIS VERTIGO CAUGHT ME, THIS FEELING OF LOSING CONTROL.>>HE FELT THE SAME THING WHEN HE MET HIS WIFE IN A DANCE CLASS AND FELL IN LOVE.>>THE FIRST DUET WE CREATED WAS CALLED “VERTIGO.” I WAS PLAYING LIKE THIS AND MY WIFE WAS COMING FROM A DOOR. SLOWLY VERTIGO SHIFTED FROM THE WORLD OF FLYING INTO THE WORLD OF LOVING. EVERYBODY CLAPPED HANDS, AND WE THOUGHT, IF THIS WORKS, LET’S CALL THE COMPANY VERTIGO. ♪♪>>THE TWO HAVE CREATED MORE THAN A DANCE COMPANY.>>VERTIGO IS A WAY OF LIFE. IN HEBREW, THERE IS A FEW WORDS THAT ARE MIXING TO TALK ABOUT COMPANY AND COMMUNITY AND AUDIENCE. THE SAME LETTERS. THIS IS WHY WE CREATED THE EQUAL ARTS VILLAGE. IT IS A PLACE WHERE WE CAN MEET IN THE SAME LIGHT, WE CAN EAT TOGETHER, WE CAN SHARE SOME TIME TOGETHER, AND WE TRY TO FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE CREATIVE ARTS OR THE PERFORMING ARTS AND THE PRACTICAL ECOLOGY.>>YOU CAN SEE THE INFLUENCE OF NATURE ON THE DANCE COMPANY. ONE EXCITING PROGRAM COMING OUT OF THE ARTS VILLAGE IS THE POWER OF BALANCE WHERE ABLED AND DISABLED PEOPLE DANCED TOGETHER.>>ONE OF THE BASIC IDEA FOR US IS THE MEETING BETWEEN DISABLED AND NOT DISABLED IN A WAY THAT THE BODY CAN SPEAK AND NOT THE STUFF WE KNOW AND THE VERBAL WAY WE ARE USED TO CONNECT. THIS KIND OF COMMUNICATION IS THROUGH THE TOUCH.>>THESE MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS WITH ABLED AND DISABLED PEOPLE ARE LIFE-CHANGING.>>AFTER THE PROGRAM, THE PEOPLE ARE READY TO GO INTO THE WORLD WITH THE IDEA THAT EVERYBODY CAN DANCE.>>VERTIGO HAS RISEN TO THE WORLD STAGE. THEY WERE THE FIRST ISRAELI DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM AT THE LONDON’S ALBERT ROYAL HALL FOR PRINCE CHARLES.>>IT IS A PRESENT THAT WE GOT AND WE TRY TO SHARE WITH AS MUCH PEOPLE AS WE CAN AS BEST AS WE CAN.>>THE LIONS OF CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE INCLUDE ISRAELI ISRAELI WRITERS LIKE AMOZ OZ, A. B. YEHOSHUA AND DAVID GROSSMAN. BUT WHO ARE THE UP-AND-COMING? — TWO AUTHORS FROM THE NEW GENERATION, WHO HAVE WON ISRAEL’S PRESTIGIOUS REWARD FOR LITERATURE.>>BEING AN ISRAELI WRITER, YOU ARE VERY MUCH ROOTED IN THE LAND AND THE CULTURE THAT YOU ARE WRITING IN. EVERY WORD WRITTEN IN CONTEMPORARY HEBREW ECHOES SOMETHING FROM THE FIRST HEBREW TEXT, THE BIBLE.>>SHE IS A WRITER AND A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST. AFTER THE SUCCESS OF HER FIRST NOVEL, HER SECOND BOOK HAS ATTRACTED EVEN MORE ATTENTION. IN THIS BOOK, THE WORLD OF ISRAELIS AND AFRICAN REFUGEES COLLIDE. WHEN AN ISRAELI DOCTOR DRIVING HIS CAR, HITS AN AFRICAN REFUGEE AND FLEES THE SCENE. ALTHOUGH THIS IS A TOPICAL ISSUE TODAY, IT HAS BIBLICAL MEANING.>>IN MY NOVEL, YOU HAVE THE STORY OF THE REFUGEES WALKING TO THE SINAI DESERT TO GET TO THE PROMISED LAND. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THIS JOURNEY, WHICH HAPPENS TODAY, WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM ERITREA AND SUDAN WALKING THE SAME ROUTE THAT THE BIBLICAL ISRAELITES WALKED TO REACH THE PROMISED LAND. THERE IS THIS QUESTION OF, WOULD THE BIBLICAL JEWS OF TODAY, SHOW MORE GENEROSITY TO THE PEOPLE WALKING THE DESERT OR WILL WE TURN OUT TO BE THE GATEKEEPERS HOLDING THEM AWAY.>>HER NOVEL IS ALSO ABOUT UNIVERSAL MORAL DECISIONS.>>I WANT THE READER TO GO TO THE NOVEL AS IF ABOUT TO READ SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT ABOUT HIMSELF. FOR ME, THE NOVEL IS NOT ABOUT AN ISRAELI DOCTOR CHASING AN UNNAMED REFUGEE AND DECIDING TO MOVE ON. IT IS THE QUESTION FOR EVERY READER, ARE YOU SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD BE CAPABLE OF DOING?>>YOU ARE TRAINED AS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST. WHAT DO YOU PULL FROM THAT TRAINING AS A WRITER?>>IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT ASKING QUESTIONS IN LITERATURE AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY. TRYING TO ASK, WHAT MAKES US HUMAN? WHAT MAKES US ACT THE WAY WE DO?>>RUBY NAMDAR IS PART OF THESE NEW GENERATION OF WRITERS WHO WRITE AND LIVE ABROAD REFLECTING ON ISRAEL FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE. THE BIBLE RESONATES IN HIS WRITING BUT EVEN MORE SO.>>FOR ME, A MODERN ISRAELI AUTHOR THAT WAS NOT RAISED RELIGIOUS AND DID NOT GROW UP IN A RELIGIOUS HOUSEHOLD, TO BE SO DRAWN, SO INTERESTED IN RELIGIOUS THEMES, KABBALISTIC THEMES, THALMUDIC THEMES, IT IS UNUSUAL. THE FACT THAT IT IS UNUSUAL IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EXCITES ME SO MUCH ABOUT.>>HIS BOOK REFLECTS HIS VIEW THAT BOTH ISRAELI AND AMERICAN JEWS ARE CUT OFF FROM THE RELIGIOUS THEMES AND SYMBOLS OF THE PAST BECAUSE OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM. HIS AWARD-WINNING NOVEL TAKES YOU ON THE JOURNEY OF ONE SUCH SECULAR JEW, AN NYU PROFESSOR, DURING THE YEAR BEFORE 9/11.>>HE IS A WONDERFULLY CHARMING CHARACTER. DURING THE YEAR IN HIS LIFE THAT THE NOVEL FOLLOWS, THE LIFE AND MIND OF THE PROFESSOR BEGINS TO UNRAVEL. AS ALL THE STRUCTURES OF HIS WORLD BEGIN TO CRUMBLE, HE IS VISITED BY VISIONS. THE VISIONS GO BACK TO THE HOLY TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM. HE HAS NO EMOTIONAL OR INTELLECTUAL WAY TO DECIPHER THESE VISIONS. THIS NOVEL WILL TAKE YOU TO DEEP PLACES, AND I WOULD ASK OF THE READER, ARE YOU UP FOR IT? I GREW UP IN JERUSALEM. FIRST GENERATION. MY PARENTS ARE BOTH IMMIGRANTS FROM IRAN, PERSIA. I HAD THIS DUAL CULTURAL IDENTITY BECAUSE I WAS FROM A PERSIAN-JEWISH TRADITIONAL HOME BUT RAISED WITHIN SECULAR — THIS TENSION YOU SEE IS WITH ME TODAY.>>LIVING IN ISRAEL, DOES CREATIVITY OOZE UP THROUGH THE SIDEWALKS?>>ISRAELI AUTHORS ARE WRITING IN THE SAME WORDS THAT WERE USED TO WRITE THE BIBLE. THE LANGUAGE CHANGED SO MUCH, BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU OPEN THE BIBLE AND YOU READ THE HEBREW, AND YOU READ AMOS OZ, YOU READ THE SAME HEBREW. THERE IS SOMETHING VERY INSPIRING AND VERY CREATIVE ABOUT THAT.>>WE ALL STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF EACH OTHER. TO BE A PART OF THE SAME LINEAGE AS THE AUTHOR OF ECCLESIASTES AND OTHERS, WOW, WHAT A PRIVILEGE. WHAT A COMMITMENT. IT IS DEMANDING.>>ISRAELI CINEMA WAS BORN SOON AFTER THE NATION ITSELF. 70 YEARS LATER, THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRIES ARE IN ROBUST HEALTH ENJOYING WIDE INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION.>>HELLO, I AM JERRY CARLSON. AT THE RECENT CINEMA FESTIVAL, I SPOKE WITH THREE DIRECTORS ABOUT THEIR NEWEST WORKS.>>AN ACTOR WITH MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE ISRAELI CINEMA AND TV, MIKE BERNSTEIN TAKES THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR FOR THE FIRST TIME TO TELL THE STORY OF THE 1967 WAR, A WAR IN WHICH HE SERVED. THE TWO CHARACTER DRAMA IS TITLED, AZIMUTH.>>IT IS A METAPHOR FOR WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR THE LAST 70 YEARS BETWEEN US AND OUR NEIGHBORS. IT BOILS DOWN TO TWO SOLDIERS, WHO HAPPEN TO ENCOUNTER EACH OTHER AT THE END OF THE SIX DAY WAR. ONE IS AN EGYPTIAN AND ANOTHER IS AN ISRAELI. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GET TRAPPED IN THE SINAI DESERT AND APPROACH AN ABANDONED BUILDING AND GET TRAPPED. HOW DO THEY SURVIVE?>>HOW IS THIS GOING TO END?>> KILL YOU, OR YOU KILL ME.>>I WANTED TO HAVE AN EGYPTIAN ACTOR TO PORTRAY THE SOLDIER. I FOUND IN LOS ANGELES, AN EGYPTIAN-AMERICAN ACTOR WHO HAD DONE CLINT EASTWOOD’S “AMERICAN SNIPER.” HE SAID THE FIRST THING I WANT TO DO IS SHOW IT TO MY FATHER BECAUSE MY FATHER FOUGHT ON THE EGYPTIAN SIDE. IF HE AGREES, I WILL DO IT. HE SENT IT TO HIS FATHER AND HIS FATHER SAID, THIS IS AUTHENTIC, IT IS BALANCED, IT IS NOT PROPAGANDA. SO I WAS SO BLESSED TO FIND SAMMY SHEIK.>>WINNER OF NUMEROUS PRIZES FOR FILMS, A VETERAN DIRECTOR TURNS TO THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL ESPIONAGE FOR HIS LATEST OUTING. ITS TITLE “SHELTER” REGISTERS MORE THAN A PLACE.>>IT IS QUITE EASY TO TALK ABOUT IT. A WOMAN SENT TO PROTECT A LEBANESE INFORMANT, THEY PUT HER IN A SAFE HOUSE IN HAMBURG TO RECOVER FROM PLASTIC SURGERY. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EASY TWO WEEKS, BUT TO MAKE THE FILM WORK, YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME COMPLICATIONS. EVERYTHING GOES WRONG AND BECOMES REALLY INTENSE THRILLER WRAPPED WITH THIS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO WOMEN WHO ARE DIFFERENT BUT MAYBE THEY ARE NOT. A DRAMA WITHIN CONFINES OF AN OLD BUILDING IN HAMBURG. EVERYTHING CHANGES ALL THE TIME, A CONSTANT THREAT.>>WHY DID YOU TRUST US?>>WHO SAID I DID?>>THE FILM STARTS WHEN THE ISRAELI AGENT ARRIVES AT THE SAFE HOUSE, SHE LOOKS DOWN AT THE PAVEMENT, AND THERE ARE TWO STONES THAT MENTION THAT TWO WOMEN LIVED IN THIS HOUSE AND THEY WERE SENT TO AUSCHWITZ AND NEVER CAME BACK. IT HAS A HISTORY LURKING THERE AND THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER LAYER THAT YOU HAVE TO DISCOVER. IT IS NOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU SEE, THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON. IT IS DARK, IT’S HISTORY KNOCKING ON THE DOOR AND YOU CANNOT CLOSE THE DOOR AT HISTORY. YOU HAVE TO LET IT IN AND TRY TO BRING IT TO SURFACE, EVEN IF YOU DO IT GENTLY.>>ISRAELI TELEVISION DRAMAS FLOURISH AROUND THE WORLD. LEADING SERIES ARE ADAPTATIONS FROM ISRAELI SHOWS. A LEADING FIGURE OF DRAMA FOR THE SMALL SCREEN, WRITER-DIRECTOR KEREN MARGALIT TALKS ABOUT HER MOST RECENT HIT, “SLEEPING BEARS.”>>”SLEEPING BEARS” IS A STORY OF A WOMAN, JUST BEFORE THE MIDLIFE CRISIS, AND SHE IS A TEACHER IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL, ABOUT TO BECOME THE PRINCIPAL. SUDDENLY, SHE GETS THESE LETTERS WHICH HAS COPIES OF HER SESSIONS WITH HER THERAPIST AND ALL THE PRIVATE THINGS THAT SHE HAS SAID. SHE CALLS HER THERAPIST AND HE SAYS, I AM AM OUT OF THE CITY BUT I WILL COME BACK. HE IS REALLY WORRIED AND HE NEVER GETS BACK. BASICALLY, IT STARTS THE STORY UNDERSTANDING WHO IS THREATENING HER, WHY, AND WHAT SHE IS GOING THROUGH. A COUNTRY THAT IS LIMITED BUDGET WISE, AND YOU HAVE VERY FEW TOOLS YOU CAN WORK WITH. WHAT ARE OUR TOOLS? OUR HUMAN HEARTS AND THIS IS VERY UNIVERSAL. TWO PEOPLE. MOST OF HUMANITY IS VERY BAD WITH GOODBYES. PEOPLE WANT FRIENDS, THEY SIT IN THEIR HOUSE, THEY HAVE THESE CHARACTERS FOR TWO OR THREE OR FIVE SEASONS. IT IS SOMETHING THEY NEED AND THEY GET TO THE DELICATE DETAILS THAT THEY CAN FEEL, IT IS LIKE A VERY BIG NOVEL. A GREAT BOOK AND THESE ARE THE TV SERIES OF OUR DAYS.>>THIS IS JERRY CARLSON FOR CUNY TV.>>AMERICAN AND WORLDWIDE AUDIENCES HAVE LONG THRILLED TO THE CLASSICAL MUSIC OF ISRAELI VIRTUOSOS. AND THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. BUT NOW ISRAEL MUSICIANS ARE A PART OF THE GLOBAL JAZZ AND WORLD MUSIC SCENE. I MET RECENTLY WITH TWO STARS. ♪ [JAZZ NOTES] ♪>>AT THE TOP OF THE JAZZ SCENE IS ANAT COHEN, THE ISRAELI BORN CLARINETIST, COMPOSER, AND BANDLEADER. SHE IS HAILED FOR HER JAZZ VIRTUOSITY AND PASSIONATE PERFORMANCE. WHEN ANAT IS NOT PERFORMING, YOU CAN SEE HER PLAY AT MANY CLUBS IN YORK CITY WHERE SHE LIVES. I MET UP WITH HER RECENTLY AT THE JAZZ STANDARD. I ASKED HER WHY THE CLARINET IS SO SPECIAL TO HER.>>IT IS SO EXPRESSIVE. IT WAS EXTREMELY FAMOUS IN THE 1930s AND ALL OVER THE YEARS IN JAZZ IN UNITED STATES, BUT OF COURSE, COMING FROM ISRAEL, THE GYPSY TRADITION, KLEZMER TRADITION, IT HAS THE ABILITY TO SOUND SO HUMAN.>>ANAT GREW UP IN A MUSICAL FAMILY.>>MOM PLAYED MUSIC FOR KINDERGARTNERS, AND FATHER HAD A HUGE AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE OF ALL STYLES OF MUSIC, CLASSICAL MUSIC, JAZZ, POPULAR MUSIC, AND THEY LET THEIR THREE CHILDREN BECOME JAZZ MUSICIANS.>>EVENTUALLY, ALL THREE OF THE KIDS BECAME WORLD-FAMOUS. HER ONE BROTHER PLAYS SAXOPHONE, THE OTHER BROTHER, THE TRUMPET.>>MY BROTHERS ARE AMAZING PEOPLE, WE HAVE A BAND CALLED THE THREE COHENS.>>ANAT ALSO LEARNED TO PLAY THE TENOR SAXOPHONE. LIKE THE SIBLINGS, A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN ISRAEL STUDY JAZZ.>>MUSIC THAT SYMBOLIZES FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. YOU CAN REALLY FIND WHO YOU ARE AND YOU CAN BE SWEET AND YOU CAN BE SCREAMING. AND YOU CAN DO THAT THROUGH MUSIC. ♪ >>ANAT MOVED INTO THE U.S. TO FURTHER HER JAZZ STUDIES ENDING UP IN NEW YORK CITY. SHE SOAKED UP THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF JAZZ. BRAZILIAN, AFRO CUBAN, AND CLASSICAL MUSIC AND MADE THEM HER OWN. SHE HAS RECEIVED ACCOLADES INCLUDING TOP JAZZ CLARINETIST OF THE YEAR IN CRITICS AND READERS POLLS AND GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IN 2018 WITH TWO ALBUMS WITH BRAZILIAN ARTISTS. HER HEROS?>>BENNY GOODMAN. BEAUTIFUL TONE, THE ARRANGEMENT, THE SOUND — SIDNEY BECHET. PASSION, FIRE, I LIKE FIRE IN MUSIC. I LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GO STRAIGHT AND PENETRATE INTO SOMEBODY’S HEART.>>IT IS MARVELOUS THE WAY YOU PLAY BECAUSE YOU MAKE IT LIKE A VOICE. CAN YOU MAKE YOUR INSTRUMENT SAY, I LOVE YOU. ♪ [JAZZ NOTES] ♪>>CAN YOU MAKE IT SAY, I’M ANGRY? ♪ [JAZZ NOTES] >>CAN YOU MAKE IT SAY, I WOULD LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU BETTER? ♪ [JAZZ NOTES] ♪>>YOU ARE MARVELOUS. YOU ARE FANTASTIC. ANAT ESPECIALLY LOVES TO PERFORM AT HOME IN TEL AVIV.>>GOING HOME AND PLAYING FOR MY FIRST PIANO TEACHER, MY MOTHER, MY FAMILY, MY AUNTS — IT IS SO EMOTIONAL TO SEE PEOPLE YOU GREW UP WITH.>>ANOTHER GROUNDBREAKING ISRAELI PERFORMER, RAVID KAHALANI, MIXES MUSIC, DRAMATIC CLOTHING, AND EXUBERANT PERFORMANCE TO MAKE A STATEMENT.>>I BELIEVE MUSIC IS ONE OF THE GREATEST TOOLS TO REMIND US WHO WE ARE AS HUMAN BEINGS. ♪♪>>RAVID CREATED YEMEN BLUES THEY PLAY A SPECIAL BLEND OF YEMENITE JEWISH MUSIC COMBINED WITH BLUES, SOUL, AND AFRICAN ROOT MUSIC. YEMEN BLUES IS MADE UP OF SOME OF THE TOP MUSICIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD PUTTING ON ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING LIVE PERFORMANCES YOU WILL EVER SEE. THE KEY IS GROWING UP IN A YEMENITE-JEWISH FAMILY IN ISRAEL.>>MY FATHER WAS VERY STRICT WITH US OF HOW WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO SAY THE PRAYERS AND I LEFT HOME, AND I WAS LISTENING TO ALL KINDS OF THINGS LIKE PINK FLOYD AND BOB MARLEY. IN A LATER PART OF MY LIFE, I UNDERSTOOD WHY I WAS BEING SO ATTRACTED TO THE JAZZ AND BLUES. IT WAS THE SAME FEELING OF THE YEMENI CHANTS. ♪♪>>HIS SOULFUL CHANTING COMES OUT HIS SONGS IN HEBREW, FRENCH, HEBREW, AND ARABIC CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST.>>I’VE MANY FANS FROM ARAB COUNTRIES THAT COME FROM MUSLIM LIFE AND WHEN I AS A YEMENI JEW SING IN ARABIC AND LIVE IN ISRAEL, WHEN THEY HEAR AND FEEL AND SEE THAT I’M PART OF THEM AND THEY’RE PART OF ME, THEY FEEL PROUD.>>THE MESSAGE IS PEACE, BE OPEN TO EACH OTHER.>>THE MOMENT YOU ARE ON STAGE, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF THESE PEOPLE TO FEEL SOMETHING VERY SPECIFIC AND IMPORTANT. ♪♪>>THIS COMES THROUGH THE CLOTHES, THE DANCE, THE ENERGY THAT I KEEP OR RELEASE — I FEEL SUPER LUCKY. I BELIEVE IN MUSIC CHANGING NATIONS, CHANGING HUMANITY, CHANGING EVERYTHING.>>NEXT UP ON THE PLATE OF THIS EVER EVOLVING MUSICIAN, MOVING TO NEW YORK CITY AND WORKING ON A PROJECT CONNECTING GOSPEL AND ARABIC HARMONIES. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR ISRAELI ARTS AT 70. VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION. I AM DONNA HANOVER FOR CUNY TV. SHALOM. ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

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