Believe In Love

What do you think the world could achieve if we all chose to believe in love?
Located in a region with one of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the world, the Richmond Community Center provides educational resources and opportunities to empower youth to become better and stronger citizens. Partnering with SoulCove Center for the Arts has strengthened the center's’ ability to use music and the arts to teach the valuable life skills necessary to change the course of a struggling community.

  • Rachel Azrak
  • Desere Coenraad
    Key Cast
  • Thomas Smoker
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Music Video, Non-profit
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 19, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Rachel Azrak

A native of New York City, Rachel Azrak is an experienced flute performer and educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (with minors in Communications and History) from Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Ms. Azrak then completed the Post-Baccalaureate Music Teacher’s Licensure Program at Cleveland State University before enrolling at The Boston Conservatory where she received her Master of Music Performance and her Graduate Performance Diploma under the tutelage of Linda Toote.

Ms. Azrak has been teaching for over ten years and has experience providing instruction to students ages 6-70 and of varying abilities. She is employed full time as the Elementary Music Teacher at Boston Higashi School for Students with Autism in Randolph, MA and specializes in adaptive pedagogical techniques for students with special needs.

Her love of her students has motivated this young musician to teach herself the art of video editing. This is her first film.

Ms. Azrak also has extensive performance experience as principal, second flute, and piccolo in orchestras, concerts, and ensembles. She currently holds the position as Principal Piccoloist with The Boston Civic Symphony. In the past, she has played with The Boston Conservatory Orchestras, Tufts University Composition Concerts, Haffner Sinfonietta, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, and the Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra. She was the principal flutist of the Long Island Youth Orchestra and has performed across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, and the Cook Islands with the ensemble. She has also appeared in numerous festivals, masterclasses, and conventions including the Kent/Blossom Summer Music Festival in Kent, Ohio (where she studied with both Joshua Smith and Marisela Sager of The Cleveland Orchestra), the Trevor Wye Masterclass, the Julius Baker Masterclass, and Domain Forget Masterclasses. In the summer of 2011, she was a member of “The Wye’s Guys,” a group selected to honor Trevor Wye as the pedagogue received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Flute Association convention in Charlotte, NC.

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Director Statement

"For me, this film stands to show my students that their voice matters; that if they continue to strive to do their best, if they work together, and if they take pride in the work they are doing, the world will listen."