KlezCalifornia co-presents two films at this year's Jewish Film Festival, July 21 - August 8:
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (93 mins.)
· Castro Theatre, S.F. - Tuesday, July 26th at 1:30pm
· Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Rep - Tues, August 2, 2:30pm
· Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto - Wed., August 3, 4:00pm
A portrait of the man who helped transform Yiddish into a literary language. Interweaving texts with interviews and archival material, the film brings to life a lost world of Yiddish culture on the cusp of dramatic change. In English and Yiddish (with English subtitles).
Tevye (96 mins.)
· Castro Theatre, S.F. - Wednesday, July 27th, 1:20pm
· Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Rep - Wed, August 3,
Tickets $11; $10.50 for seniors/students.
Noted Yiddish actor Maurice Schwartz adapted, directed and starred in this classic Yiddish melodrama shot in New Jersey, based on the Sholem Aleichem stories that later inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Protagonist Tevye struggles to uphold tradition in the face of social tumult, including the scandalous elopement of his daughter Chava with the gentile Fyedka. The movie's depiction of anti-semitism reflects more Schwartz's concerns as Europe headed towards World War II than Sholem Aleichem's at the turn of the century. In Yiddish with English subtitles. This was the first non-English film selected for the prestigious U.S. National Film Registry, so don't miss it! Tickets and more info: 415.621.0523, sfjff.org