Thursday, April 23, 2009

Set Your DVRs for 'Utopia'

Artist's rendering of the United Workers Cooperative Colony,
aka The Coops, about 1928

Next week BoogieDowner will be clawing their way of a deep, dark philistinian television hole dug by the likes of Real Housewives of New York City, The Hills, and Gossip Girl. That's right, we'll be watching PBS folks.

The Bronx will be front and center next Tuesday, 4/28 at 10pm on PBS's Independent Lens series with the premiere of 'At Home in Utopia,' a documentary examining the United Workers Cooperative Colony.

Here's a little excerpt from the film's website:
In the mid-1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish garment workers catapulted themselves out of the urban slums and ghettos by pooling their resources and building cooperatively owned and run apartment complexes in the Bronx. Adjacent to the newly opened subway corridor and in the midst of empty fields, they constructed the United Workers Cooperative Colony, a.k.a. “the Coops,” where they practiced the utopian ideals of an equitable and just society. [PBS]
Michal Goldman and Ellen Brodsky's film promises to be particularly enlightening given the economic situation Americans (and New Yorkers) find themselves in.

Click HERE to check out the film's terrific website, complete with previews and testimonials from the filmmakers.


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