Hava Nagila (The Movie)

   Scroll down for video clip and photos from Sneak Preview!


Katahdin Productions

Katahdin Productions

Sunday June 16th 4 pm – SOLD OUT!

Cinematographer, Dyanna Taylor
in person for post-film Q&A.

“Deli bites” reception follows with
live klezmer music by Ot Azoy!
If you missed this event,
Hava Nagila opens at CCA on June 28th.

“Buoyant …”  The New York Times
“Entertaining …”  The Boston Globe
“Richly detailed …”  Hollywood Reporter

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Enjoy the klezmer music and singing with Paul Wexler on Clarinet, Deborah Unger on accordian and Ray Edgar singing!


Photos from “deli bites” reception.


It’s to music what the bagel is to food – musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. Follow this infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America and for the first time, to the canyons and mesas of Santa Fe. On Sunday, June 16th the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents Hava Nagila (The Movie), the first of two “Summer Sneaks” presented in response to a SOLD OUT regular season.

In its own believe-it-or-not way, Hava Nagila (The Movie) encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level. Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.

Santa Fe resident and multiple Emmy Award winner, Dyanna Taylor, the film’s cinematographer, will share an up-close Q & A immediately following the film. Taylor is the granddaughter of noted photographer, Dorothea Lange. A reception featuring light “deli bites” follows the presentation with live klezmer music by Ot Azoy.


Dyanna Taylor

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Taylor is an Emmy Award winner and the recipient of the MUSE Award for “Outstanding Vision and Achievement in Cinematography” from New York Women in Film and Television. She began in the film business in San Francisco, producing and directing documentaries with her first company, Taylor/Franklin Films. Her first TV network assignment was as co-director and cinematographer for ABC, making a documentary on the first American women’s climbing expedition Annapurna I in the Himalayas.

In the Southwest she directed and produced the NHK/Turner film Vanished!, on the writer and artist (and Lange friend) Everett Reuss. In 2007, Taylor directed Monastery, a four-part series for The Learning Channel. Taylor was recently featured in the NEH video initiative Picturing America about her grandmother’s photograph Migrant Mother. Currently, she is directing Territories of the Fresh and Wild: The Life of a Roshi.

Ot Azoy

Ot_AzoyOt Azoy is a Klezmer ensemble performing traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Europe. Paul Wexler studied clarinet with Leon Russianoff and performed for many years with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. He has toured nationally with the Goldovsky Opera and internationally with Klezundheit! in addition to numerous solo appearances. He regularly performs with Ot Azoy, Yidn, Klezundheit! and as a soloist in St. Louis and Santa Fe.

Deborah Ungar studied classical piano for many years. When an accordion suddenly appeared in her life, she began playing with Balkan and Klezmer groups in Santa Fe. In addition to appearances with classical and theater groups in Santa Fe, she has performed with the Nahalat Shalom Klezmer Band, Santa Fe University Balkan/MidEast Ensemble, where she is Adjunct Faculty. She performs regularly in New Mexico with Ot Azoy as well as locally and nationally with Rumelia, a Balkan trio.