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.

“This beautiful film not only recovers a nearly forgotten radical workers’ community and a culture of collective ownership, but it reminds us what is possible when we organize.”

 

Robin D. G. Kelley author of  Freedom Dreams : The Black Radical Imagination

 

HOME

ABOUT THE

FILM

THE

FILMAKERS

SCREENINGS & REVIEW

TO ORDER

RESOURCES

CONTACT