During the economic boom of the 1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish factory workers escaped New York's slums and ghettos into the community of their dreams; they built four apartment houses in the Bronx that they would own and run cooperatively. The Bronx was just being developed then, so it felt like they'd moved to the country. And then they were it by the Great Depression.

 

At Home in Utopia focuses on the United Workers Cooperative Colony  the Coops  also known to local policemen as Little Moscow because this community of 2,000 people was dominated by Communists. The film bears witness to an epic social experiment across two generations as the residents tried to change the American dream into one that included workers' rights and racial justice, and allowed intermarriage.

I learned today from our beloved Pete Rosenblum that Perry Rosenstein, who with his wife Gladys founded and ran the Puffin Foundation, died in NJ on Friday April 3 of Covid-19. The support of Perry, Gladys, and Puffin was absolutely essential to our making of AT HOME IN UTOPIA. Our deep condolences to Gladys for the loss of her partner. "If there is no art, there is no life."

 

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