Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Download Full Text
September 29, 2013 -FILM SCREENING -11:00am-12:45pm
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, directed by Joseph Dorman
A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest. (2011, 93 MINS.)
Jewish, Eastern European, writer
Arts and Humanities | History | Jewish Studies
Dorman, Joseph, "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" (2013). Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group. 45.