AJFF Film: Tevye’s Daughters – Fri. Nov. 16th, 11AM, Museum of Natural History

At the beginning of the 20th century, in the Jewish shtetl of Anatovka, Jews and Christians are trying to live in peace and in accordance with their religious beliefs. Tevye, the milkman, struggles to support his wife and five daughters. He knows that their only way out of poverty is to make successful marital matches. Filmed on the actual locations which inspired Sholem Aleichem’s famous folk tale, this uproariously funny and buoyant cinematic sendup centres on a downtrodden milkman. Seeking to stave off poverty, Tevye cooks up a plan to marry off his lovely daughters. He commissions the aid of a matchmaker, but his daughters have no interest, choosing instead to cavort with an increasingly unsavoury lineup of suitors (to his mind, at least). All the while, Tevye’s way of life is also threatened by the Czarist government’s increasing anti-Semitic campaigns. Fiddler on the Roof is based on Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye’s Daughters

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