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Los Hermanos / The Brothers

Courtesy of Melissa Bunni Elian/ ITVS / Patchworks Films
Aldo and Ilmar enjoying their first recording session together.

Premieres Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, "Los Hermanos/The Brothers" offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

Featuring a genre-bending score composed by Cuban Aldo Lopez-Gavilan performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet.

Los Hermanos/the Brothers: Extended Trailer

Film Reviews:

“An Oscar caliber film for the family and one not to be missed."— Jeffrey Lyons WCBS Radio

“Electrifying..."a moving documentary with generous amounts of music."—Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

“The compelling story of a family disrupted by geopolitics.”—Boston Globe

“A remarkable film about a family ensnared in geopolitics and two brothers who lead very different lives and yet never lose their instinctual connection.”—Allen Johnson, SF Chronicle

"Six months without live music will be reason enough to see these two gifted musicians reunite across borders to perform publicly for the first time.... “Los Hermanos/The Brothers” offers a bright take on the endurance of family despite the policies of the day."— WBUR, Boston Public Radio

“Nothing short of magical. Lightning in a bottle.”— Kristen Page-Kirby, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Najib Joe Hakim
Aldo and Ilmar Gavilan play at Jarvis Hall during their first duo performance at the Festival Napa Valley. (undated photo)

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Patchworks Films. Director/Producer/Impact Manager: Marcia Jarmel. Director, Producer, Editor: Ken Schneider. Filmmaker bios