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Oscar-nominated 'Joe's Violin' explores link between young musician and Holocaust survivor

A 1729 Stradivari known as the
A 1729 Stradivari known as the "Solomon, Ex-Lambert" is on display 27 March, 2007 at Christie's in New York.

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In the Academy Award contender "Joe's Violin," a donated instrument forges a friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and a 12-year-old Bronx school girl.

It was sparked thanks to a charity drive asking New Yorkers to donate their old musical instruments to public schools. Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument lands at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.

Nominated in the category of documentary short subject, “Joe’s Violin” is available for screening on the website of the “The New Yorker” magazine.


Kahane Cooperman, director and producer of "Joe’s Violin;" Cooperman is also known for being a long-time producer of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart; she tweets @KCornCoop