Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
USA, 2014, 75 minutes | Directed by John Lollos| Executive Producer: Theodore Bikel
Narrated by Alan Alda | Original Score by Hankus Netsky
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (Aug 2014)
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel (Oct 2014)
Orange County Jewish Film Festival (Oct 2014)
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland (Nov 2014)
Australia Jewish Film Festival -- Sydney & Melbourne (Nov 2014)
Sedona International Film festival (Nov 2014)
Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival (Jan 2015)
Marin JCC/San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (Jan 2015)
San Diego Jewish Film Festival (Feb 2015)
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (Feb 2015) – CLOSING NIGHT Woodrfuff Art Center
Spertus Institute, Chicago (Feb 2015)
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival (Feb 2015) CLOSING DAY
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (Feb 2015) CENTERPIECE, LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
Washington DC Jewish Film Festival (Feb 2015)
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015) OPENING DAY FILM
Sarasota Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015) OPENING NIGHT
East Bay Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015)
Boulder Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015)
Hartford Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015)
Houston Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015)
Seattle Jewish Film Festival (Mar 2015)
Detroit Jewish Film Festival (May 2015)
Portraits of two beloved icons--Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel--are woven together in this enchanting new documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.
Theodore Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in "The Defiant Ones") and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem's work. Now 90, Bikel has played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times, and he has animated Aleichem's work through his creation of two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author.
The new film Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem's remarkable life and work.
A pioneer of modern Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of indelible characters. His Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor's Son, and Menachem Mendl--"shtetl Jews" for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin--remain invaluable windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.