Complex mosaic

The film captured so many issues...Jewish history, human suffering, music, perseverance, the ability to tell, the amazing roller coaster of Europe as exemplified by the events in Czechoslovakia, are just a few of the aspects highlighted so beautifully.  One always wonders how many Zuzanas who did not have Frank Vogl as a cousin disappeared from our memory without trace. You have succeeded in carrying out the monumental task of immortalizing the legacy of such an important personality and, along the way, enabling future generations to be exposed or at least to have a glimpse of the complex mosaic of our recent history.  - A.F.

With depth and love

I was enormously impressed by Zuzana's "performance," the details and stories she recalled, and her ability to talk about her experiences with clarity, depth and love. She touched me profoundly. You also found and secured amazing footage to create the film. Bravo to all the artists who did the filming and all the producers. - RC

Joy of music

I thought about Zuzana Ruzickova's life a lot last night and continue to do so this morning.  I learned so much including about Czechoslovakian history. In addition to emphasizing the joy and rejuvenation principles of music, the film emphasizes, as you know, human dignity and incredible strength. It is a riveting film, and needs to be shown, especially these days. - KG

Private Screening in New York

To have a movie haunt me into the evening and next day resonates to the impact of the film. As a spiritual being Zuzana's message of hope and letting go of anger and connection just resonated personally to me. It was all about her choices in the end after overcoming horrific events. I just wanted to reach out and hug her...she was so real, so smart and so forthcoming. It must have been amazing to get to know this incredible woman.     - Maxine Lange, Principal, Bermax Corporation

Chilling, Inspiring

We found the film to be moving, impactful and captivating. Zuzana’s life at once serves as a model of living to the fullest (no matter how daunting and unfathomable the obstacles) and simultaneously offers a chilling, though ultimately inspiring, history lesson as well.  - Film Festival Committee