‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’, a film about the birth, development and lasting impact of the iconic ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ musical and featuring FF2’s own Jan Lisa Huttner, is in theaters now! Here is a word from a few of FF2’s contributors on why this film is worth watching:
Brigid: Max Lewkowicz and Valerie Thomas’ Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles tells the origin story of the timeless musical, still in production around the world. It details the historical context of two worlds, the setting of the play in turn-of-the-century Russia, and the other – in 1960s America as it made its Broadway debut. Using a multitude of perspectives, from writers and actors to Fiddler experts (including FF2 Media’s Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner), the documentary re-examines themes of tradition, family and faith to explain how like “Fiddler on the Roof” stands the test of time.
Georgi: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles serves as a reminder that art can be universal. The most striking aspect of Mark Lewkowicz’s documentary is the incredible display of cultures across the world finding something in Tevye’s story to which they can relate. No matter the actors on stage or screen, no matter the country or city or school, Fiddler on the Roof standing the test of time is a subject worthy of its own compelling documentary – as is any work of art that still matters deeply to people.
Julia: ‘A Miracle of Miracles’ is so much fun! Featuring renditions of the musical from all around the world, including Japan and Thailand, and even from some painfully charming middle schools, the joy of performance in all different kinds of people is a delight. Though Fiddler may seem like a dated piece of art, ‘Miracle of Miracles’ shows that its message remains timeless: we are still dealing with oppression of women and arguing over what to do with refugees, for example. Just like the musical, ‘Miracle of Miracles’ is a film that everyone can connect with.
‘Miracle of Miracles’ is in theaters through Thursday, the 26th! Definitely give it a watch if you get the chance!
© Julia Lasker (9/21/19)