11:30 hrs, Saturday 25th June, Roberts G08
Director / Anthropologist: David Noy / Meirav Aharon
Year of Release: 2010
Duration: 50 mins
Country of Production: Israel
Language: Hebrew (English sub)
Fine Tuning – a Musical War Movie – follows the extraordinary rise and fall of The Israeli Orchestra, which preserves the exceptional musical heritage of Andalusian melody and Jewish prayer. This unique authentic musical art form originated in Spanish Andalusia, was passed on orally in Moroccan synagogues from generation to generation, until it finally landed in Israel. But the multi-cultural ensemble is surprising: musicians of Moroccan ethnic origin play the authentic instruments by heart, while the more conventional classical instruments are played by Russian immigrant musicians from music sheets. The lead violinist is an Israeli-Arab. The orchestra achieved success and received the prestigious Israel Prize Lifetime achievement award, but then things went sour, and the film took a turn: the inner tension between the musicians and the management led to a strike. The musicians were fired and both sides declared war, forming new orchestras and battling for budgets and recognition. For five years, throughout the turmoil, the film follows the lead characters until the struggle ends.