As part of Brundibár Arts Festival we are thrilled to be screening the triumphant story of Zuzana Ruzickova, who sadly passed away this year at the age of 90, and 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.
Told by Zuzana, her story is remarkable not just because she returned to Czechoslovakia after the war to fulfil 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.
After the fall of Communism in 1989, Zuzana and her husband, famed Czech composer Viktor Kalabis, worked tirelessly to bring musical education to people throughout the Czech Republic.
They are widely credited with helping create Prague’s reputation as a musical city.
Running Time: 1hr 23mins
BBFC Advice: TBC
Director(s): Harriet Getzels & Peter Getzels
Country of Origin: Czech Republic & USA
Year of release: 2017