37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

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Actor Zero Mostel, center, who portrays Tevye in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," poses backstage with cast members after the play's opening performance at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on Sept. 22, 1964. Maria Karnilova, who plays Tevye's wife, Golde, is at far left. Playing Tevye's daughters, from left, are, Tanya Everett, as Chava; Julia Migenes, as Hodel; and Joanna Merlin, as Tzeitel. (AP Photo)

A love letter to the celebrated musical Fiddler on the Roof, this documentary is an exhilarating exploration of the musical’s origins, unexpected success, and timeless themes. While some regard the musical as a notable piece of popular entertainment, it has persisted through the decades and continues to resonate with audiences around the world. Focusing on three time frames—1905, 1964, and today—this film illuminates the musical’s universal themes of faith, marriage, the importance of community, and individual struggle. Through a series of interviews with the creatives behind the musical and contemporary artists such as Sheldon Harnick and Lin-Manuel Miranda, unique insight is granted into the musical’s enduring effect on pop culture. Introduction by Joel Rubin (UVA)

This film is part of the Israeli and Jewish Film series supported by Congregation Beth Israel


Saturday, October 26


9:30 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Max Lewkowicz

Runtime: 92 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Michael Bernardi, Jerry Bock, Danny Burstein