Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present a special screening of Harvesting Stones, featuring an exclusive Q&A with the filmmaker!
It’s the 1890s. Connecticut Yankees are selling their rocky farms, Jews are fleeing Czarist Russia, and a Jewish back-to-the-land movement sees turning shtetl refugees into farmers as the best way for them become productive, self-sufficient Americans. Add some funding from the German-Jewish philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsch and you have the recipe for a Jewish agricultural revival that ultimately settled a thousand Jewish families in rural Connecticut. Using historic footage, home movies and Yiddish-language farm journals as well as testimony from participants, including survivors of Russian pogroms and the Holocaust, this ground-breaking documentary presents the fascinating but unknown story of the American Jewish pioneers who established farms and mini-agricultural resorts in eastern Connecticut. Filmed over a period of 14 years by Jerry Fischer, director of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut; narrated by Peninnah Manchester Schram; music by Bruce Zimmerman.
This screening is free and open to the public. Presented as part of The Charter Oak Cultural Center’s 13th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture.
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