"USA, 1932, 87 minutes
S&W, Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Sidney Goldin and Aubrey Scotto
Based on the novel by Sholem AschWhen poverty and persecution compel his Polish landsmen to leave their shtetl,
Uncle' Moses, the crude and lusty former butcher, welcomes them to the promised land of his Lower East Side clothing factory.
A master in the harsh new American system, with its fourteen-hour workday,
Moses attempts to reconstruct the lost harmony of the shtetl community in the paternalistic order of his sweatshop. He uses his wealth to show off and leaves the daily operations to his nephew Sam
When Masha Melnick pleads him for her father's job Moses, taken with the girl, rehires him.
Masha is the sweetheart of Charlie, a labor activist who is trying to organize a union in Moses' factory.
Moses begins to court Masha who agrees to marry him in order to improve her family's desperate financial position.
She bears his child but confesses she feels wretched because she did not listen to her heart and marry Charlie who incites the workers to strike.
The first Yiddish talkie engaged directly in the progressive currents of the day, political and aesthetic"