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ElderQuest Film 1: Itzhak

Posted on January 31, 2019 in Active Aging, Learning

Join us in an eight-week film study every Tuesday: February 5 - March 26, 12:30-3:30

ElderQuest is an annual eight-week film study in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Institute at Central Ohio Technical College.

Participants will join other film enthusiasts and explore eight films, all with a positive theme of aging. Each week, you’ll receive a printed course outline and listen to an introduction to the film. Following each film, a facilitator will lead a discussion on the theme of “elders on a quest.” 
See blog to learn more.


Next week (February 5) we'll be discussing 2018 documentary: Itzhak

1 hour, 23 mins, Music/Performing Arts

" 'Itzhak' is a joyous film about a joyous man. Directed by Alison Chernick, it's a compact and immensely likable look at virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman. It's less concerned with covering the totality of his life than evoking his life force, which is good-humored, earthy and inspiring" (Seitz, Roger Ebert).


From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians in Israel. (


Watch trailer here.