Documentary / 60min / HD
Golriz Kolahi / David Alamouti
A film following a flourishing year in the life of one of modern music's greatest saxophonists, who’s also one of the most controversial public opponents of Israel.
Gilad Atzmon is a gentle giant, warm, charismatic, and somewhat shy - a complex character. Born into a pro-Zionist family he served briefly in the first Lebanon War, until he had a dramatic turnaround; Gilad quit the army, picked up his sax and exiled himself to London, declaring himself an enemy to the Israeli state.
Since then he has produced some of the modern era's greatest Jazz albums, collaborating with Ian Dury, Paul McCartney, and Sinead O' Connor. In music he is as one critic put it, a 'feisty improviser', compared to the likes of Charlie Parker. In his political and philosophical ideas, he is blunt and outspoken. His ideas on Israel and "Jewishness" have upset many people, to the extent that he has been labelled a holocaust denier and an anti-Semite. In Gilad's life, music and politics are inseparable.
The film follows Gilad as his career flourishes, recording albums with Robert Wyatt, as well as The Blockheads, and playing gigs with Nigel Kennedy. He’s invited to TV programs and panel events all over the globe; pleasing his supporters and admirers, while seriously offending his opponents to the point of death threats and intimidation against the venues he plays and speaks in.
"Gilad and All That Jazz" offers a unique insight into the life, ideas, music, and motivations that drive the great Saxophonist.
- Frontline Club London
- Theatre 80 St Marks NYC
- Clinton Street theatre, USA
- Levantine Cultural Centre, Los Angeles
- Documentary Film Festival London, 2012
- 53rd Krakow Film Festival, 2012
- Logan’s First Film Festival, 2012
- Culture Unplugged Film Festival, 2013
- Palestinian Film Festival Malaysia, 2013
- Aljazeera Arabic
- Aky Arts
- Russia Today
- Amazon US