Defiant Requiem + Q & A with Conductor Murry Sidlin
Run Time: 85 min.
Introduction and post-film Q&A with conductor Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation.
Defiant Requiem is a feature-length documentary film that tells the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by Jewish prisoners at Theresienstadt (Terezin) during World War II.
Narrated by two-time Emmy and two-time Tony Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth, the film highlights the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941. He demonstrated moral leadership under the most brutal circumstances, sustaining courage and hope for his fellow prisoners by creating a prisoner choir and “singing to the Nazis what they dared not say.” This is a film about how a rare form of courage sparked compelling determination to survive by answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.
With testimony provided by surviving members of Schächter’s choir, soaring concert footage, cinematic dramatizations, and evocative animation, this unique film explores the singers’ view of Verdi’s Requiem as a work of defiance and resistance against the Nazis.
Defiant Requiem was nominated for two Documentary Emmy Awards for best writing and best feature length documentary. The film is the recipient of numerous awards and has been broadcast on PBS, BBC4, French TV and Globostat in Brazil.