Amid the ongoing (and seemingly unending) violent tumult of the Middle East during the early 21st century, a wellspring of hope sprang up in the form of one Palestinian man, Ramzi Aburedwan. After spending several years in exile in France, Aburedwan suddenly envisioned establishing a series of music schools for young students in his country of birth. He realized this dream by founding the organization al-Kamandjâti (which literally translates as 'The Violinist') - the parent organization for a series of summer workshops in the Palestinian territories. Each year, under Aburedwan's aegis, many famous musicians visit the said workshops, play their music and teach creative youngsters basic musical skills. With their documentary It's Not a Gun, filmmakers Hélèna Cotinier and Pierre-Nicolas Durand create a enduring and loving biographical portrait of Aburedwan and document his extraordinary accomplishments as he creates these new (and nonviolent) outlets of expression for Palestinian youth.
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