By Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester (other events)

Thursday, July 13 2017 1:30 PM 3:18 PM

This award-winning film is based on an adaptation of the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, from the book of Genesis, though this production is anything but biblical in its look and style. This contemporary portrait is set in a philharmonic orchestra in today’s Jerusalem. Sarah, a beautiful harpist is married to Abraham, a fiery, charismatic and authoritarian conductor of the orchestra. With no children yet, their life revolves around music until Hagar, a beautiful young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the orchestra. Sarah and Hagar form a very close friendship, so close that Hagar offers to have Sarah’s child. The baby Ismail is born with a precocious musical ability and a wild and untamed spirit. With a dynamic musical score and astonishing orchestral performances, the drama gets complicated when Ismail discovers the true identity of his mother.