‘Defiant Requiem’ Film

Join the NW Film Center and the OHRC for the special screening of:

Defiant Requiem

Sunday October 21, 2012
4:30 PM

For tickets please click here:


Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205



DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp Terezin in Czechoslovakia. Led by imprisoned conductor Raphael Schächter, the Jewish inmates, including artists from all over central Europe, held on to their humanity by staging plays, composing operas, and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

Their creative rebellion reached its peak when Schächter taught a choir of 150 inmates one of the world’s most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. The choir would ultimately confront the Nazis face to face … and sing to them what they dare not say. For more than a decade, conductor and educator Murry Sidlin (formerly of the Oregon Symphony) dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations, and evocative animation, DEFIANT REQUIEM brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life. (86 mins.)

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