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Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness


93 minutes
Source: Filmakers Library

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness depicts the life of Sholem Aleichem, the iconic Yiddish writer whose stories portrayed Jewish life in czarist Russia. In addition to writing the stories that were the basis of the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Aleichem founded the first Yiddish literary journal. With archival footage and photographs of this tumultuous time period in Eastern Europe, as well as enactments of Aleichem’s stories, Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Dark brings new light to the Jewish experience in late nineteenth century Russia.

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