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Alaska Far Away


Alaska Far Away

Release Date: March 06, 2008

Year    :   2008
Slogan    :   «The New Deal Pioneers of the Matanuska Colony»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Juster Hill Productions
Director    :   Paul Hill, Joan Juster
Producers    :   Paul Hill, Joan Juster
Writers    :   Paul Hill, Joan Juster, Jim Fox, Mark Lipman
RunTime    :   91 mins.

'Alaska Far Away' tells the story of the Matanuska Colonization Project of 1935, a creative and controversial New Deal program that relocated 202 families devastated by the Great Depression, taking them from the upper Midwest to the Matanuska Valley in Alaska to start an experimental farming colony. It generated a whirlwind of publicity and controversy at the time, not only as a federally-funded social experiment, but also as one of the last pioneer movements in America. The Matanuska Colony isn't just a fascinating footnote to the history of Alaska. It encompasses the despair of the Depression, the creative energy of the New Deal, the adventure of pioneering in Alaska, and the best and worst of our government and ordinary citizens in facing those extraordinary challenges.

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