Small Wonders
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Originally titled Fiddlefest, this feature-length documentary was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and became the basis for the motion picture Music of the Heart (1999). Filmmaker Allan Miller follows the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, an East Harlem, NY, music instructor who devises a unique solution to the budget cutback that eliminates her job in 1990. She founds a non-profit organization, the Opus 118 Music Center, to teach violin to 150 students selected by random lottery. A demanding, sometimes tyrannical teacher, Guaspari-Tzavaras expects extreme levels of… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I won't deny that this subject is important, but the movie is put together in such a sloppy fashion that it wouldn't even be acceptable for a PBS special."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"An inspiring documentary about a dedicated, demanding, and enthusiastic music teacher."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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