Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

To Play and To Fight
(Tocar y Luchar)

Year: 2006
Language: English, Spanish
Run Time: 70 minutes

To Play and To Fight

In the 1970s, conductor Jose Antonio Abreu founded a youth orchestra with less than two dozen children. Today, the VYOS has grown to an amazing 240,000 children and adolescents in a network of 200 orchestras throughout Venezuela. With interviews from celebrated musicians and conductors as well as the young musicians themselves, Alberto Arvelo's TO PLAY AND TO FIGHT exposes the powerful impact Abreu's idea has had on a nation and on the world. These children, from as young as two years old, experience the joy of being part of a musical community as they leave their rural villages to travel the world and share their talent. The Berlin Philharmonic's youngest member Edicson Ruiz, and esteemed conductor Gustavo Dudamel are two of the many success stories of this amazing program. In this incredible film, music speaks for itself. (In English and Spanish with English subtitles) – E.J.B.

CIFF31 Screenings

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 2:00 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 4:15 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Carlos Díaz, Alberto Arvelo

Alberto Arvelo

Nestor L. López-Duran, Pedro Mezquita, Gerardo Montilla

Cezary Jaworski, John Márquez

Nascuy Linares, Juan Carlos López-Duran

Principal Cast
Daniel Arias, Joyce Blanco, Daniel Coronado, Gustavo Dudamel, Kenneth Jones, Ronny Marcano, Edicson Ruíz, Lila Vivas

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