Shot on location on the New York’s Lower East Side, this bittersweet tale is a tragic and wonderfully comic portrait of the era, and captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World. Considered a landmark document – the film industry’s first serious depiction of the Jewish immigrant experience – Goldwyn Pictures’ 1922 silent movie is adapted from Ania Yezierska’s story of the Levin family, who escape Tsarist Russia in search of a better life in America.

The dynamic score by Robin Harris and Laura Anstee is a fusion of original compositions, Klezmer melodies and improvised selections performed on piano, trombone, lyra, tuba, mbira and cello.