Knowledge is the Beginning

Directed by Paul Smaczny

World-renowned conductor Barenboim and the late Palestinian writer and activist Edward Said generated both controversy and admiration when they founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999. This Emmy-nominated documentary follows this unique musical collaboration (including its founders) from its inception. Comprised of Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians and Syrians, it is a living expression of its aim to further peaceful co-existence in the Middle East.

Part of the Seeds of Reconciliation programme, sponsored by The Kobler Trust.

Languages:
Arabic, English, German and Hebrew

Duration:
90 minutes

Country of origin:
Germany

Year of production:
2005