a documentary film
From the clutch of a tyrannical czar in 1882 to the sandy soils of southern New Jersey, forty-three Russian Jewish families escaped persecution to partake in a first-time social experiment—to form a cooperative agricultural-based community. The upcoming documentary, ALLIANCE, tells this unique true story of family, immigration, connection, and growth. This film will examine the foundational history of the Alliance Colony, the first successful Jewish farming community in the United States.
Today, a vast network of Alliance descendants continue to remain in touch with each other. Together they are able to trace their families’ histories and retell the stories of their ancestors—inspiring stories that deserve to be remembered, tales of immigration and an early American Jewry. ALLIANCE will cast a light on the brave souls that made this seemingly impossible experiment thrive. This will be the only documentary bearing witness to the stories of Alliance descendants and their ancestors with a currently relevant exploration of immigration.
Little Buttercup Films
Directed and Produced by Susan Donnelly