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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.


Directed and Produced by Susan Donnelly

Little Buttercup Films

Cinematography by Ted Salins


Named a 2021 "Hot Film in the Making"

by the Roy W. Dean Grant from

From the Heart Productions


ALLIANCE is currently seeking production and post-production funding. 
Make a donation by credit card at

Or, use a check to make a tax deductible donation. Mail a check payable to:

Video/Action | 1200 18th Street, NW | Suite 300 | Washington, DC 20036 

Be sure to state: "ALLIANCE" on the check.

If you would like to host a small fundraiser with a screening of the teaser,
please contact us as we'd love to meet you.


For more information about the film, please download the Executive Summary 

or contact us at

© 2019 by Susan Donnelly

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