From Shtetl to Swing

Music , American Culture, Jewish Film, Yiddish, Europe, Indigenous Cultures
Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir
52 minutes


Between 1880 and 1924, 2.5 million Jews fled persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe, kissed the shtetl goodbye and migrated to America. Turning a fresh, playful eye to the cultural attitudes and musical styles that proliferated throughout this extraordinarily rich period, from Yiddish theater to musical extravaganza, from klezmer to ragtime, from symphonic jazz to swing - all the way from the Bowery to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood - FROM SHTETL TO SWING recounts the ebullient, screaming-to-be-told story of a musical metamorphosis born in darkest Russia only to blaze across the sky of the Great White Way.



Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir

A french writer and film director, Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir is also an international lawyer specializing in Human Rights. She graduated from the International Institute of Human Rights- Rene Cassin, Strasbourg, France.

As a lawyer, she has most specifically worked on crimes against humanity.

As a film director she focuses on the connection between History and individual memories.


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