Grammy Award-Winning Violinist / female IDF soldier Miri Ben-Ari Gives Spellbinding Performance
NEW YORK, NY — Over 400 Jewish leaders, community members and media attended last night’s Red Carpet Premier of Jerusalem U’s latest documentary film “BENEATH THE HELMET: From High School to the Home Front.”
Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel, addressed the audience.Â Â “We are so grateful to the young men and women of the IDF, the people “Beneath the Helmet”, who bravely serve and protect the people of Israel. This film puts a human face on our soldiers, revealing the humanity, camaraderie and sensibilities of our young warriors.”
‘Beneath The Helmet’ producers Rebecca and Raphael Shore presented the film.
Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari mesmerized the crowd with a stirring live performance.Â Â Ben-Ari composed the entire soundtrack to the film ‘Beneath The Helmet.’
“It was an amazing experience for me to work on this project, ” said Ben-Ari.Â “I served in the IDF. I felt connected to this film from the beginning. Writing and composing the music came from my heart and it came easily.”
‘Beneath the Helmet’ is a coming of age story from the creators of the PBS-featured documentary film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference.Â The film takes viewers behind the headlines to give exclusive, behind-the-scenes acess into the real lives of 5 recent Israeli high school graduates who have been conscripted to defend Israel in troubled times.
The soldiers featured in the film, come from diverse backgrounds — male, female, secular, religious, natural born Israeli and immigrant.Â ‘Beneath The Helmet’ reveals their feelings about protecting not only their homes, but also the values they share of peace, equality, religious tolerance and freedom.