It accompanied the gold medal-winning floor exercise of 2012 London Olympics gymnast Aly Reisman, gave Harry Belafonte and Connie Francis hit records and can still be heard every weekend by chair-toting party-goers at weddings and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations across the globe. Now Hava Nagila (The Movie)
gives the traditional Hebrew folk tune its joyful due, as it opens the 13th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF). Narrated by actress Rusty Schwimmer (The Informant!, Louie
) and filled with fun facts and celebrity interviews, director Roberta Grossman's light-hearted documentary traces the origins and cross-cultural impact of the famed Jewish song from the Eastern Europe shtetls to its place in the repertoire of stars as diverse as Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan, Elvis and Chubby Checker. Director/producer Grossman is also set to be on hand for this special screening kicking off the AJFF, voted the Best Atlanta Film Festival in 2012 by Creative Loafing
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