Dirs. Peter GetzelsHarriet Gordon Getzels
(83 min, Czech RepublicUnited States, 2017)
The triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and forty years of communist persecution.
Zuzana’s story is remarkable not just because she fulfilled her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated a lifetime of political and anti-Semitic persecution, never letting go of her belief that Bach’s music transcended human suffering. Performing in hundreds of concerts and competitions around the world, Zuzana Ruzickova became a tour-de-force, and a source of foreign currency for the regime at home.
She is the only person to have recorded Bach’s entire keyboard works, which were released in November 2016 by Warner Music. Zuzana Ruzickova’s story transcends the personal, in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art during Europe’s turbulent 20th century.
WJFF27 Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary
Co-presented by Embassy of the Czech Republic Capriccio Baroque Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington The Viktor Kalabis & Zuzana Ruzickova Foundation