Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

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Introduction and discussion led by Aaron Lansky

The Yiddish Book Center and Amherst Cinema & Pleasant Street Theater have partnered to co-sponsor a limited-engagement screening of the recently released and much acclaimed documentary Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness. The film will be shown at the Amherst Cinema beginning September 16. Special introduction and discussion with Aaron Lansky on September 20 at 7:30 PM.

“A rich… modern history of East European Jewry. Conjures the look and vitality of shtetl life so vividly you almost… smell the pungent aromas of the cooking.” - Stephen Holden, New York Times

Director Joseph Dorman returns with this new film, an invigorating portrait of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916), the man whose stories became the basis of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Using the author’s works and his own life story, the documentary presents a riveting tale of a traditional Jewish world on the cusp of profound change.

Aaron Lansky, president and founder of the Yiddish Book Center, will introduce and speak about this important film, in which he appears as a commentator, Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 PM. Seating for this showing is limited; advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Limited and advanced ticketing is recommended for tickets to this special one-time event on September 20. Tickets and film times for all other screenings are available at the Amherst Cinema box office or online at
Amherst Cinema | 28 Amity Street | Amherst, MA | 413-253-2547

September 12, 2011