"HOW SABA KEPT SINGING", a screening of the documentary, hosted by AVI WISNIA with Q&A and a musical performance
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club
Sat, 02 Dec 2023 (EST)
08:00PM - 10:00PM
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club at the Fair Lawn Community Center
10-10 20th St
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
David Wisnia, known to his family as Saba, had never told the whole truth about how he survived as a prisoner at the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. The family knew that he had used his singing voice to entertain the guards, and that his musical gift had changed his fate. But David’s grandson Avi Wisnia suspected that there was more to the story.
David “Saba” Wisnia believed that he survived the horrors of Auschwitz by entertaining the Nazi guards with his beautiful voice. On their way to a Holocaust Commemoration Concert, David and his grandson Avi embark on a journey exploring the mystery of Saba’s past and the revelation of who else might have had a hand in saving his life. Directed by Sara Taksler, and produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club at the Fair Lawn Community Center is proud to present a special screening of the documentary, hosted by Avi Wisnia, who will conduct a question-and-answer session and a short musical performance following the showing of the film. We will be presenting Director’s Cut, the same version that has been screened in theaters, with over 20 additional minutes that could not fit on TV for the PBS broadcast – this version includes more songs, music by both Avi and his Saba, with more details, more context, and a pretty decent joke about a first-class banana.
About Avi Wisnia:
Avi Wisnia is an award-winning singer/songwriter, finding inspiration in 1950’s west-coast jazz, acoustic American folk, Brazilian bossa nova, and contemporary piano pop. Avi tours in support of his newest studio album, Catching Leaves, performing in prestigious venues around the world – from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to The Kennedy Center in DC to concert tours in Japan, Poland, and Brazil. In addition to being a performing songwriter, he has given a TED Talk and performed with The Moth storytellers and organizes the Philly Songwriters Circle.
DOORS TO THE THEATER OPEN AT 7:30PM, CONCERT BEGINS AT 8PM