guests

Laura Katz Cutler

Laura Katz Cutler is Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University. A former commercial banker with Wells Fargo Bank, Ms. Cutler is a community activist and active member of the Washington, DC, Jewish community, where she has been a tireless advocate for innovation in Jewish education. She is past chairman of…

Zalmen Mlotek

Zalmen Mlotek is the Music Director and Conductor for the current production of Fiddler On The Roof in Yiddish playing at Off Broadway’s Stage 42 directed by Joel Grey. He  is currently the Artistic Director, Musical Director Conductor of The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene (NYTF), America’s oldest Yiddish theater where their production of Fiddler  began in June 2018 slated to…

Uli Geissendoerfer

Pianist and composer, Uli Geissendoerfer, is a versatile and remarkable musician exploring rhythms and melodies across many styles of music, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz, and improvisation. Originally from Musich, Germany, he now holds dual residency with the US and worked with, among others, Tito Puente, William Cepeda (awarded a Grammy nomination), Groove…

Shira Leibowitz Schmidt

Shira Leibowitz Schmidt is best known for the book she co-authored with Nobel Prize laureate Roald Hoffman, “Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition.” From her perch in the Chassidic enclave of Kiryat Sanz, where the film Hidden Face was shot, she has interviewed dozens of Holocaust survivors who were helped by…

Nani

Noam “Nani” Vazana is an acclaimed international Singer, Composer, Pianist and Trombonist. Official selection WOMEX panel 2018, won the Sephardic Music Award 2017, ranked iTunes Top-20 bestseller 2015, won ACUM album prize . Played Jazzahead DE, North Sea Jazz NL, Roccella Jazz IT, Injazz NL, Blue Note PL, Tanjazz MA Tel Aviv Jazz ISR, Artist…

Isaac Cherem

Isaac Cherem was born in 1992 in Mexico City and graduated from The Los Angeles Film School in 2011. He started working as a production assistant on film sets at the age of fifteen and in 2015 he founded Fosforescente, a production company solely focused on Mexican cinema. In 2018 he shot his directorial debut,…

Gili Yalo

Gili Yalo is one of the most intriguing new musicians in the music scene in Israel. From his base in Tel aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with Soul, Funk, Psychedelic and Jazz music. Gili Yalo, who has collaborated with top music producers Beno Hendler…

Eve Sicular

Drummer, bandleader and film scholar Eve Sicular formed and leads NYC-based bands Isle of Klezbos all-women’s sextet (since 1998) and Metropolitan Klezmer octet (since 1994). She has produced the two bands’ seven acclaimed CDs, as well as band tours throughout North America and Europe. In the musical documentary theater realm, she created the Off-Off Broadway…

Eric Stein

Toronto’s Eric Stein is a multi-instrumental musician (mandolin, bass, cimbalom) and a leading figure in Canada’s World, Folk and Jewish-roots music scenes. He is founder/leader of the innovative klezmer/world fusion group Beyond the Pale, with whom he has performed across North America, Europe, Brazil and Australia and released four award-winning CDs. Eric also leads the…

Dr. Baruch Schmidt

Dr. Baruch Schmidt, from a non-religious Jewish family in Texas now makes his home in the Sanz Chassidic community in Netanya. He served as Head of Dept. of Surgery in the Laniado Hospital founded by the late Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe, the subject of this film. Dr. Schmidt enjoyed a unique, enriching, and multifaceted relationship with the…