- It was nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, with wins for Best Original Music, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
- Director Beni Toraty borrows heavily from “The Magnificent Seven,” which in turn borrowed even more heavily from “Seven Samurai.”
- Toraty has said he made “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring” in large part to honor his parents, Iranian Jews forced to leave all their belongings behind when they fled their country for Israel in the massive aliyah of the early 1950s. What they brought with them was their love for Persian classical music.
- This is a riveting drama with outstanding music – described as “a pervasive pan-ethnic sound” – with heavy doses of humor and romance.
- The location is Israel but no places are named.
- The time is the present, more or less, but no dates are specified.
- This combination buddy-film, road movie, and cowboy flick has been dubbed a “Falafel Western.”
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Ken Burns discusses his new series, "The U.S. and the Holocaust," which will air on PBS on three consecutives nights, starting this Sunday, September 18.
As the producer and director of a PBS film on America’s response to the Holocaust some years ago, I was at first delighted to learn that Ken Burns has now likewise made a film for broadcast on PBS about how our country responded to the Nazi genocide. But some advance publicity for the broadcast raises questions as to whether his film will accurately portray key issues such as U.S. refugee policy and the failure to bomb Auschwitz.