SPRINGFIELD –The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, marks its 16th year with a virtual mini-festival that kicks off Feb. 6 and runs through March 22.
The 2020 festival was postponed due to COVID-19, just days before launching last year. PVJFF will now present seven online film screenings, as the festival continues its tradition of showcasing some of the best independent Jewish cinema from around the world.
The first film, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” can be viewed at home from Feb. 6-8.
Revealing how the story of Tevye the Milkman became an unlikely Broadway classic, this documentary is a sweeping and joyous look back at the creative origins and long-lasting cultural impact of a musical masterpiece.
Bringing Fiddler on the Roof to life through rare archival materials, performance footage, and clips from the Oscar-winning 1971 film adaptation, filmmaker Max Lewkowicz chronicles the show’s backstory, from its early New York roots to the enduring themes that inspire theatergoers across generations. Insights from the musical’s creators and cast are paired with lively commentary from luminaries Stephen Sondheim, Itzhak Perlman, and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
A virtual discussion of the film will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., with Alisa Solomon, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof.
The 2021 Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival is free of charge, but organizers are encouraging donations to support the ongoing work of the PVJFF. Registration is required for all of the online screenings and virtual discussions. For a complete list of films and instructions on how to watch them, and to register for the festival programs, visit pvjff.org.
See the next issue of the Massachusetts Jewish Ledger for more coverage of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.