“At Home in Utopia” premieres in Lowell with producer Michal Goldman

JOIN THE LOWELL FILM COLLABORATIVE AND OTHER EVENT PARTNERS FOR THE FOLLOWING FILM EVENT!

At Home in Utopia
Thursday, November 19
6:30PM (Refreshments) | 7PM (Film)

Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street, Lowell
Free admission

Sponsored by: CASA of Lowell
(Community Action to Support Affordability), the Lowell Film Collaborative, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, and Filmmakers Collaborative. This event is made possible by grants from Mass Humanities and the Puffin Foundation.

*  “The Coops” was a racially integrated living community — view the above clip to hear a very compelling story of how this impacted the lives of these workers.  *

During the 1920s, thousands of Jewish immigrant factory workers were able to escape New York’s urban ghettos and build big, beautiful cooperative apartment houses in the Bronx. And then the Great Depression changed everything.  At Home in Utopia hones in on the United Workers Cooperative Colony, aka “the Coops,” the largest and furthest to the left of the workers’ housing cooperatives, where the residents responded to the threat of economic collapse by helping to build a movement against foreclosures and for affordable housing, racial and ethnic integration, and workers’ and tenants’ rights. This award-winning film explores how and why they did it, what were the advantages and risks of their approach, and what was their larger vision.

A community discussion will follow the screening! Please join us as we talk about the need for collective action to turn our current economic crisis to the advantage of working people. Featured panelists: Lindolfo Carballo, CASA of Lowell (Community Action to Support Affordability); Bob Forrant, Professor of Regional Economic and Social Development at UMass Lowell; and Michal Goldman, producer of At Home in Utopia.


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