Fall Film Series 2012: Utopia
A film series that highlights stories from across the five boroughs on how our city came to be and the people who helped shape it.
Third Screening of the “Across New York” series: AT HOME IN UTOPIA
RESCHEDULED! New Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013 6-8pm
At Home in Utopia, written and directed by Michal Goldman, tells the story of the Eastern European, Russian and Polish garment workers who joined together to create a “Bronx Bohemia” known as the Coops. This cooperative apartment complex was built in 1925 on the corner of Allerton Avenue across from Bronx Park. The Coops were what some would consider the ideal community; based on the philosophies of communal living and designed with the ideas of a bucolic setting in mind, the Coops were a “dream home” to many. The residents wanted a design aesthetic that was uncommon in New York at the time; bright, airy and spacious, which was representative of the change that was sought to promote public health, safety and a sense of community. The residents of the Coops were also politically active as advocates for racial equality during a time of severe distress, violence and social injustice. Join us for this special screening and panel discussion of “At Home in Utopia”, where several of the former residents will to discuss their lives in the Bronx.
Directed by Michal Goldman, 2008, 133 minutes.Image courtesy of New York Times