Behind the Woods and Across the Sea

Behind the Woods and Across the Sea

Born Onufry Filipovich in the Russian Empire, Owen Phillips came to America alone, with nothing, at the age of 16. His story is the story of one man and millions of people. The 20 million immigrants who, like him, arrived in America a century ago fueled the astonishing economic growth that transformed the United States from an economic backwater into the world's leading economy. But today, as the United States admits a million immigrants a year and debate over immigration rages, the immigrants of a century ago are no longer here to answer our questions. Did they, as one recent paper claims, have it easy compared with today's newcomers? Or did they face similar challenges and set an example in how they met them? Through Owen's experience, documented in oral history recordings of Owen and interviews with people who knew him, we find at least some answers. And we learn, from a visit to Owen's home village in the Republic of Belarus, the surprising story of what happened to the brothers and sisters he left behind, revealing what it meant for him to have come to America.

Running Time
20 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Douglas Phillips
Belarus, USA
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Behind the Woods and Across the Sea» (20)

Jose Medina avatar
Jose Medina

This was movie was phenomenal. Really really nice.

Juan W. avatar
Juan W.

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Definitely worth your while!

Joe S. avatar
Joe S.

No idea why this is not rated higher. Visuals are awesome and the storyline has great potential. 

Theresa B. avatar
Theresa B.

This was a really great film. I was hesitant to see it because the leading role but I am glad I did.

Justin Green avatar
Justin Green

loved most of it predicable but loved it

Craig Parker avatar
Craig Parker

This movie is absolutely one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life.

Samantha avatar

Very enjoyable movie to watch. I would watch it again.

Victoria C. avatar
Victoria C.

This movie made me feel a range of emotions. It's been years since a movie made me these many ways.

Karen Lewis avatar
Karen Lewis

I don't have enough words to say about this movie. It is perfect i love movies and this movie has everything to be a great. The story is very nice, the acting is cool and everything else is awesome. I waited so long for a movie like this.