Preview POV’s Oscar-Nominated Documentary “Joe’s Violin”

How a donated instrument forged an improbable friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and a 12-year-old Bronx school girl


In Joe’s Violin, which makes its national broadcast premiere tonight on PBS documentary series POV, Joe Feingold, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, donates his beloved violin to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls. It falls into the hands of Brianna Perez, a 12-year-old in the seventh grade. Although the two come from different walks of life, a friendship blossoms. Kahane Cooperman’s film, nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2017 Academy Awards, illustrates how an object can bring two people together, all the while carrying memories and meaning.

Joe’s Violin essays Feingold’s turbulent past even as it follows his violin’s second life, in the arms of Brianna, the daughter of Dominican immigrants. The short will be broadcast by PBS documentary series POV, television’s oldest platform for showcasing independent nonfiction films, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. To see the full film, check your local PBS station’s listings or stream it on

Watch two exclusive clips from the documentary below.