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Behind the Strings Film Selected “Best Documentary” and Nominee for “Best of Festival”
Behind the Strings Film Selected “Best Documentary” and Nominee for “Best of Festival”

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Behind the Strings Film Selected “Best Documentary” and Nominee for “Best of Festival”

Behind the Strings showcases the lives of a professional classical string quartet who left China for the U.S. They built a very successful career and paid a big price getting to the top and remaining on top. Film festivals throughout the U.S. are now presenting and praising this engaging independent documentary film.

Little Falls, NJ, — The 5th Annual Classical Arts Film Festival (CAFF) selected Behind the Strings as its 2021 Best Documentary Film. CAFF is located in Napa, California ended their festival August 28, 2021. The festival stated, “Behind the Strings takes us on a thought-provoking journey that unveils an honest yet (most important) inspiring look into the lives of these dedicated and accomplished musicians.”

Behind the Strings also received a nomination for 2021 “Best of Festival” at the 10th Annual Richmond International Film Festival located in Richmond, Virginia. The festival ended on September 12, 2021.

Behind the Strings ( is an independent documentary film about the Shanghai Quartet, a classical string quartet that immigrated to the U.S. from China in 1985. The film provides a 360-degree view of a very successful quartet.

Hal Rifken, the director, cinematographer and co-writer with his production team followed and filmed the quartet for five years in France, Mexico, China and throughout the United States. Mr. Rifken commented, “Behind the Strings provides a very intimate view of the quartet, their families, colleagues and students both on and off stage.”

Executive producer and co-writer Michael Peroff indicated “distribution will be announced once the film completes its film festival run ending in 2021.”

Behind the Strings will be featured in the upcoming 12th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival ( October 5-10 and the 12th Annual DOCUTAH Film Festival ( November 1-6.

While both festivals will be screened with live audiences, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival also offers online viewing access ( during the festival dates.

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