Director: Peter Getzels, Harriet Gordon Getzels
Origin: United States
Synopsis: ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE is the triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, now 90, of how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia after surviving three concentration camps during her teenage years. Zuzana Ruzickova’s story is remarkable not just because she returned to Czechoslovakia after the war to fulfill her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated Communist and anti-Semitic persecution at home, while becoming a tour-de-force in concerts and competitions around the world.
Speaking in English with candid wit and piercing irony, Zuzana tells how she went from having bubonic plague and damaged hands, to becoming the first and only person in the world to record all the keyboard works of Bach. As she navigates a life of hope and fear, the little-known story of Czechoslovakia emerges, from the promise of 1930s democracy to the Nazi invasion, followed by the grinding brutality of forty years behind the Iron Curtain.
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