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Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

The collected stories of Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) became the basis for Fiddler on the Roof, but there is much more to the author’s life than a Broadway melody.


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The collected stories of Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) became the basis for Fiddler on the Roof, but there is much more to the author’s life than a Broadway melody. SHOLEM ALECHEIM: LAUGHING IN THE DARKNESS profiles one of literature’s great humorists and tells how, in a time of great fear, he inspired a new, modern Jewish identity through laughter. The film includes rarely seen photographs, interviews with Sholem’s granddaughter Bel Kauffman, and voice narration from comedians Peter Riegert and Rachel Dratch.