The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival will present a pre-fest film, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Sabes Jewish Community Center theater, 4330 Cedar Lake Road S. in St. Louis Park.

The evening will include live music, giveaways and movie snacks, and more while watching the film. Interviews with the show’s creators reveal the origin story behind the Broadway musical “Fiddler on The Roof.” This documentary captures its journey from the pages of Sholom Aleichem’s writings through its present-day stagings worldwide.

With a combination of archival footage and filmed performances, director Max Lewkowicz illuminates the struggle and Broadway pizzazz that turned this story about an Eastern European shtetl into a universal tale of family, love, loss and perseverance.

Tickets to the film, which runs 92 minutes, are $12. They are available at tcjfilmfest.org.

The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, formerly the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, began in the late 1990s with the screening of three films shown in Galtier Plaza in St. Paul to a group of film enthusiasts. The festival is celebrating 25 years of presenting feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity.

In 2018, the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival entered into a partnership with the Twin Cities Film Fest, providing the Jewish film festival with the opportunity to access more films and to draw more Jewish filmmakers and artists to the community to connect with local audiences. Each film offers a “beyond the screen” program.

This year’s Twin Cities Jewish Film Fest is scheduled Sept. 14-28 at the Sabes JCC, St. Paul JCC and ShowPlace Icon Theatres in St. Louis Park. The festival will include films in eight languages produced in eight countries. Fourteen of the 15 films will be Minnesota premieres.

The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival is part of the Sabes JCC and St. Paul JCC’s Arts & Culture season.

For more information, visit tcjfilmfest.org or contact Cultural Arts Coordinator Jonathan Gershberg at jgershberg@sabesjcc.org or 952-381-3438.

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