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"At Home in Utopia" Film Screening, Brookline, MA, October 20, 2009

New England Jewish Labor Committee presents

Film Screening and Discussion on the Economic Crises



361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA
6:00 p.m. - Refreshments
6:30 p.m. - Film Screening


During the economic boom of the 1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish factory workers managed to build the house of their dreams, a cooperative apartment complex at the edge of Bronx Park. Then they were hit by the Great Depression. At Home in Utopia bears witness to an epic social experiment across two generations in the Coops - a place the local cops called "little Moscow" - where people tried to change the American dream into one that included racial justice and workers' rights.

The discussion after the screening will use the film, At Home in Utopia, to inspire an intergenerational conversation about collective action in the context of the current economic crisis. The Jewish workers in the Coops fought alongside others to win the social safety net that we're now at risk of losing. Where are our sources of collective identification today and what alliances do we need in order to fight for economic justice for all?

Sponsored by Boston Workmen's Circle, New England Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish Organizing Initiative, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and Moishe/Kavod House, with Filmmakers Collaborative; made possible by the Mass. Humanities and Puffin Foundation. At Home in Utopia is a co-production of Michal Goldman and ITVS in association with WGBH.

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