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A Home in Utopia

Directed by Michal Goldman

USA | 133 minutes | 2008

A home of one’s own: that’s the American dream. But what happens when the dreamers are immigrants, factory workers, and Communists? In the mid-1920s, thousands of Jewish immigrant garment workers managed to catapult themselves out of urban slums and ghettos by pooling their resources and building four cooperatively owned and run apartment complexes in the Bronx. They believed that owning one’s home went a long way toward controlling one’s fate. An epic tale of the struggle for equality and justice across two generations, the film tracks the rise and fall of one community from the 1920s into the 1950s, paying close attention to the passions that bound them together and those that tore them apart. Along the way, At Home in Utopia bears witness to lives lived with courage across the barriers of race, nation, language, convention, and sometimes even common sense.
Director Michal Goldman
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2008
Premiere Status
Runtime 133 minutes
Principal Cast Linda Lavin
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