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Tonight’s the Night

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

…for the JBC, Jewcy, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn Sholem Aleichem party in honor of the new documentary Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness.

The event will be at (le) poisson rouge from 7:30PM-10:30PM and will feature readings from Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Matthue Roth, Rachel Shukert, Jeremy Dauber, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and Jonathan and Adam Wilson. Read more about the event here.

And, starting THIS FRIDAY you can catch the documentary over at Lincoln Plaza (NYC). More details below:

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Directed by Joseph Dorman

Opening at Lincoln Plaza Cinema on July 8th
With screenings daily through July 14th

Tickets & show times: www.lincolnplazacinema.com
More info: www.sholemaleichemthemovie.com

A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the RoofSholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that icons are people, too, especially when you first meet that icon in your childhood. As Joseph Dorman demonstrates in this brilliantly absorbing documentary, however, Sholem Aleichem was most definitely a person—a dandy and a stock market gambler who did not teach his own children to speak Yiddish, wildly popular with the Eastern Europeans whose lives he memorialized but utterly unable to capture the imagination of the American Jews he came to despise. Rounding out the portrait even more, Dorman does a magnificent job of explicating the historical context in which Sholem Aleichem worked. Plus the still photography is to die for.” - Judith Gelman Myers, Hadassah Magazine

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness had its premiere at the 2011 Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Jewish Film Festival, a presentation of The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.