Everything is Forever (2014) – By Philip Smolen

Nenad Bach is a Croatian and International pop musician who immigrated to America in the 1980s and has championed world peace ever since. “Everything is Forever” is a documentary about this likable man and his passions for bringing his music to a larger audience and for his native land that suffered so terribly. The film begins in the 1990s and highlights Nenad efforts for Senator Hillary Clinton during her successful run for the US Senate. It also documents his trip back to Croatia to record several of his countrymen singing a style of music known as “Klapa”, which is a type of choral music. Years later, Bach bought these singers back to the United States for a special series of concerts including one prestigious event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The documentary then moves forward into the 2000s when Bach was unfortunately diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite this setback, he continues to write music and perform, and the film fittingly concludes with a concert in his native Croatia.

This is an amiable documentary about a lovable and affable man whose passion for music drives him every day of his life. It is a poignant and honest portrayal of him and examines many of his ups and downs. Director Victor Zimet isn’t interested in gloss, and instead shines a light on the trials that Nenad has had to overcome. Nenad’s music has a Beatlesque quality about it and even though it is sweet and dreamy, he hasn’t been able to translate it into huge record sales here in America. But Nenad’s doggedness is infectious and it’s impossible not to root for him.

For me, the only problem with the film is that it’s a little too slow and I had to fight my desire to hit the fast forward button on my DVD player. But this is still an enjoyable look at a musician who hasn’t let life dictate terms to him. “Everything is Forever” is Nenad Bach’s version of The Beatle’s documentary “Let it Be.” It’s a genuine look at a most unusual man.

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