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A family enjoys an idyllic existence in their isolated, ramshackle home, which edges onto an abandoned highway. Almost entirely cut off from society at large, they forge their own Utopia, but everything changes when city trucks roll in to complete the road's construction, allowing rush hour traffic to start rumbling…
Maid in America
They clean other people's homes and raise other families' children -- often leaving their own families behind. Maid in America is an intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three of the nearly 100,000 domestic workers living in that city…
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Part of the Series: The Jewish Americans
As Jewish Americans tried to enter the mainstream of American life, they were frustrated by anti-Semitism even as they developed their own resources, often succeeding in businesses on the margins of American life. Irving Berlin, an immigrant from Russia, began writing tunes just as Tin Pan Alley was taking off,…
Children of Labor: A Finnish-American History
Featured at the 1977 New York Film Festival, Children of Labor is the story of how Finnish immigrants came into contact -- and conflict -- with industrial America. Three generations of Finnish-Americans recount how they coped with harsh realities by creating their own institutions: churches, temperance halls, socialist halls, and…
They Came to Stay/A World of Their Own
Part of the Series: The Jewish Americans
In the 1700s, a small number of Jews came to America, struggling to hold fast to their faith and heritage while becoming part of the emerging nation. Though they fought in the American Revolution, they were at best tolerated, at worst shunned - becoming ready scapegoats in times of crisis.…
Scenes From a Parish - ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ just got a Whole Lot Harder
In 2001, Paul O'Brien, an irreverent, young, Harvard-educated Catholic priest arrived in Lawrence, Massachusetts to take over the reins of Saint Patrick Parish. A hundred years ago, Lawrence was a thriving mill town and Saint Patrick's was home to a large community of immigrant Irish mill workers. Today, the mills…
American Dreamers: Hawthorne and Alcott
The 19th century was the "century of utopia" and also marked the transition from utopian to dystopian stories in popular literature. Look at Americans who attempted to build real-world utopias, and in turn examine the work of two authors who reacted to the American attempt at perfect societies. Consider the…
American Reds - The Failed Revolution
Weaving powerful and compelling personal stories told by American Communists with objective historical sources and analysis, American Reds: "What Must We Dream Of?" illuminates the epic story of the rise and fall of the American Communist Party. Between 1920 and 1960, more than one million men and women joined the…
American Commune - The Mundo Sisters Go Home to Revisit America's Largest Socialist Experiment
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by a Jewish mother from Beverly Hills and a Puerto Rican…
Farewell to my Country - Polish Jewish Discrimination
In 1968, following student demonstrations, Poland expelled the last remaining Jews from what once was the largest Jewish settlement in the world, effectively ending over a thousand years' history. The few that were left behind had to blend into Polish society without the ability or will to preserve any religious,…
House of Life - A Jewish Cementary in Prague
This is the story of The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the site of layer upon layer of buried members of the once-vibrant Jewish community. Almost a million people from all over the world now visit the cemetery each year, and HOUSE OF LIFE chronicles its history, which is rich…
All Screwed Up (Tutto A Posto E Niente In Ordine)
An anarchically outrageous comedy from Lina Wertmuller, ALL SCREWED UP is ripe for rediscovery, an accomplishment as impressive as the classics she made before and after: Love and Anarchy (1973) and Swept Away (1974). It tells the story of Gigi (Luigi Diberti) and Carletto (Nino Bignamini), two Southern country boys…