Music of the Heart
Music of the Heart is a 1999 dramatic film directed by Wes Craven. Inspired by the true story of the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and 'Small Wonders', a 1996 documentary about the school, the film opens with violinist Roberta Guaspari having been deserted by her US Navy husband and feeling devastated, almost suicidal. Encouraged by her mother, she attempts to rebuild her life. A friend of hers from student days recommends her to the head teacher of a school in the tough New York area of East Harlem. She's appointed as a substitute violin teacher. With a combination of toughness and determination, she inspires a group of kids, and their initially skeptical parents. The program slowly develops and attracts publicity. Unfortunately, the school budget is cut which leads to cancellation of the string program. Rising above all odds, she, along with the support of her students and friends, manage to organise a fund-raising concert to save the program.
The film was nominated for awards like Academy and Golden Globe for Meryl Streep’s performance as Roberta.