Movies visit the Family Entertainment Center for more entertainment resources
Browse by Title
Browse by Release Date

Small Wonders

Rating:G
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:September 27, 1996
Running time:80 minutes
Director:Allan Miller

Description: 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 dedication and commitment from her charges, even pupils as young as five. The payoff is public acclaim when the students perform the Star-Spangled Banner before a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, then play at a Carnegie Hall benefit and meet with legendary musicians Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman. Produced at a time of vigorous national debate over arts funding in public schools, Small Wonders (1995) gained considerable attention for its topicality.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Movie summaries and listings powered by Cinema-Source

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

12 Pumpkin Activities and Crafts for Kids
Pumpkins and gourds are perfect for fall fun and games with the kids. Find the best pumpkin activities, crafts, printables, and recipes to enjoy with your children this Halloween season.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

15 Best Slow Cooker Meals
Too busy to cook? Try one of these deliciously easy slow cooker meals and have dinner waiting when you get home!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!