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"A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy klezmer" film debut, Montclair, NJ, 9 Feb

Director Yale Strom will introduce his film, “A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer,” at Montclair State University’s McEachern Recital Hall Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. Strom will also give a demonstration with live musical examples. Sponsored by MSU’s Global Education Center as part of its Forum on International Issues, the event is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact the Global Education Center at (973) 655-4185

Strom’s film explores the symbiotic relationship between the Rom and Jews who lived together in the Carpathian region before and after World War Two. Prior to the Holocaust, the Klezmer musicians at Jewish celebration were frequently not Jews but Rom, some of whom spoke Yiddish fluently. The film examines how this persecuted group, the Rom, saved Jewish folk music until it could be returned to the Jews, allowing the rebirth of Jewish music in Hungary. The film, which is 58 minutes long, was produced by Duna TV of Hungary and Starcrest Films of Germany.

Montclair State is New Jersey’s second largest and fastest growing university. It offers the advantages of a large university ­ a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body ­ combined with a small college’s attention to students. More information on the University is available on its website: www.montclair.edu.

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