Temple Israel will host a talk by filmmaker Joe Dorman about his documentary film, "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the temple, 14 Coleytown Road. The film will also be shown during the event, which is free.

The film is a portrait of Aleichem, a writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof," according to a release.

Dorman is the founder of Riverside Films whose work has appeared on PBS, CBS, Discovery Channel and CNN. In addition to "Sholem Aleichem," he made the theatrical feature "Arguing the World."

He also wrote the feature documentaries "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry" and "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Journey," which was named the best documentary of 2001 by the National Board of Review.

He was senior producer for the PBS newsmagazine series, "Media Matters," and has also twice been nominated for Emmy Awards for outstanding cultural and public affairs programming.

For information, call the temple at 203-227-1293.