The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, May 13, 2014 3:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, May 15, 2014 4:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, May 19, 2014 1:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, May 20, 2014 4:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:38 minutes + 30 minute interview
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Malcolm Clarke
Cinema Extra
Distributed by:Bunbury Films Inc.


The 2014 Academy Award-winning film The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. At 109 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer practiced piano for two and a half hours each day. She remained fiercely independent and attributed her long life to good music more than good genes. Her relentlessly positive and optimistic outlook and deeply held belief in people’s innate kind-heartedness kept her alive for over a century. Not only was she the oldest living person in London, England, but she was the oldest survivor of Hitler’s Holocaust. It has often been said that fear and hatred eat the soul, but it can also be argued that a love of life and of those around us—and in Alice’s case love of music—can nourish the soul and liberate the spirit. Up until her death at 110 Alice never tired of saying "music saved my life and music saves me still."

Producer Frederic Bohbot will participate in Skype Q&As on May 15, 19 and 20.

Co-presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Additional Information

Winner—Best Documentary Short, Academy Awards 2014

"Heart-warming."The Hollywood Reporter