Directed by Jamie Bernstein
85 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
*Director Jamie Bernstein in attendance for post-film Q&A.
Since its inception in 1976, El Sistema, Venezuela’s phenomenal youth orchestra program, has brought social transformation to several million disadvantaged children in the country. In addition to producing world-class musicians like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema is now a rapidly expanding global movement, changing countless young lives worldwide.
How will El Sistema work here in the USA?
Crescendo takes a cinema verité look at three kids—two in West Philadelphia and one in New York City—as they participate in a pair of Sistema-inspired youth orchestra programs. Watch as the children struggle to master their instruments, confronting their fears along the way, and interacting with their talented, dedicated teachers.
Surprises, heartbreak, and joy come in big doses as viewers watch three young people, and the community around them, responding to the mysterious power of music.