On Friday, September 23, the Wine Country Film Festival hosts a screening of “The Violin Teacher” as a benefit for Santa Rosa Symphony’s El Sistema-inspired Simply Strings program. Student musicians from the Simply Strings Honor Ensemble conducted by Timothy Zieminski, perform before the film, followed by a discussion with the Santa Rosa Symphony Director of Education and Simply Strings Coordinator. Proceeds from this special presentation help support the Symphony’s Simply Strings program. The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the Osesp orchestra is forced to give music class to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students opens the doors into a new world. The film’s director, Sergio Machado, said, “All of the kids in the film are non-actors. They all came from that community [in Brazil] and brought their own experience into the film and they are playing themselves.” The lead, Lazaro Ramos, one of Brazil’s biggest stars, "comes from a very, very tough situation," Machado said. Except for the final concert all the music in the film - from rap to classical - is played by the actors.
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