SELECTED SCREENINGS

Filmhaus Nürnberg; Nuremberg, Germany (2009)
Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2004)
New York Jewish Film Festival (1999)

During the late 1920s, many impoverished Jews searching for a better life made their way to Birobidzhan, the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region on the Chinese border. This melodrama tells the story of a Jewish family's immigration to Birobidzhan and their experiences as settlers on a collective farm in the area.

While the family encounters hardships in adjusting to this new way of life (including son-in-law Pinya's greedy, misguided search for gold) their search for assimilation is ultimately shown as positive. While the film is essentially a Soviet propaganda piece emphasizing the utopian dream of Birobidzhan as a socialist Jewish homeland, the reality of the area was harsh and inhospitable.

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Seekers of Happiness
Iskateli schastya

aka: Birobidzhan, A Greater Promise
USSR, 1934, 84 minutes, b&w
Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Vladimir Korsh-Sablin


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with New English Subtitles by
The National Center for Jewish Film

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