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)

Janice Barrett avatar
Janice Barrett

The movie is littered with interesting themes which adds further depth to this already amazing story.

Daniel S. avatar
Daniel S.

This is good stuff even if you're not a big Documentary fan! Lot's of good excitement with a satisfying if very unexpected wrap!

Marilyn avatar

It`s a wonderful movie. In my opinion it`s a best movie what I see!

Jerry A. avatar
Jerry A.

You Never Seen anything like This Before. The cast are great. All scenes were so incredible. And The Music Was awesome. I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it.

Kyle avatar

When I first saw this movie, I had this rare feeling like entering another world with my whole body and mind from beginning till the end.

Mary Duncan avatar
Mary Duncan

Exciting and a great movie.

Nicholas H. avatar
Nicholas H.

just go and watch it and be prepared to be blown away. Literally.

Raymond Adams avatar
Raymond Adams

This film is truly a masterpiece, and Douglas Phillips greatest work to date!