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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…
Howard Brenton with Donna Soto-Morettini
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: The theatre in Britain under Thatcher Differences between writing novels and plays Portraying a Utopia
Women of Utopia
Women of Utopia features the work of Aboriginal women who live on Utopia Station near Alice Springs. The women produce beautiful batik, which they sell to shops, galleries and museums throughout the world - some of which is held in the National Gallery in Canberra. One of the featured artists…
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,…
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,…
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…
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…
Emily In Japan - The Making of An Exhibition
Emily Kame Kngwarreye was an Aboriginal woman from Utopia in central Australia who began to paint on canvas when she was about 78 years old. In the 8 years before her death in 1996, she produced a staggering output of over 3,000 canvasses, some of which are now valued more…
In the Shadows - Undocumented Immigration in America
A modern day "Grapes of Wrath" in which a family of undocumented immigrants from the jungle in Mexico journey to a dairy farm in the USA in search of a better life and a means to send money home to their struggling families. Along the way they encounter dangerous border…
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.…
Men at Lunch
New York City, 1932. The country is in the throes of the Great Depression, the previous decade's boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion, and in the midst of an unseasonably warm autumn, steelworkers risk life and limb building skyscrapers high above the streets…