There is a religious Hallelujah, but there are many other ones. When one looks at the world, there's only one thing to say, and it's Hallelujah. That's the way it is." - Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah. This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times. The song's dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit. And moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchtone.

Approved by Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014,  Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song  accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen's personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

The film covers Cohen’s life up to and around the years-long period when he struggled to write and re-write Hallelujah, as well as the pivotal moments behind the seminal covers by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and others that show not only the song's power as a musical Rorschach test through which artists bare their souls - but also the lyrical and interpretive changes the song itself has undergone over time. A diverse group of artists unpack their experiences with Hallelujah - Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Glen Hansard, Myles Kennedy,     Sharon Robinson and Regina Spektor reveal their intimate thoughts on spirituality, sexuality, politics, love and loss through their experiences with the song.

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song offers a chance to examine how music actually works in the world—the ways it permeates a culture and expands over time, the different reasons that people respond to a song at different moments. With Hallelujah’s powerful essence, stirring backstory, and intentionally convenient ambiguities, the song in all its aspects offers new and far-reaching possibilities for revealing how we experience music.


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