Early Soviet Propaganda Film, ‘Seekers of Happiness,’ At New Haven Library
On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Mitchell Branch of the New Haven Library, at 37 Harrison St., will show an early Soviet propaganda film, which was made to persuade Soviet Jews to move to Siberia.
“Seekers of Happiness” is Vladimir Korsh-Sablin’s 1936 drama about impoverished Jews settling on a collective farm, and all achieving happiness.
It was made to promote the growth of the city of Birobidzhan, in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast. The film depicts Birobidzhan as a heaven on earth, whereas in reality it was a difficult place to live.
Showtime is at 2 p.m. Admission is free. A discussion will be led before the film by Jacinto Lirola.