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)

Joan Lane avatar
Joan Lane

The casting was done perfectly. I don't think I've ever watched a movie as visually stunning as this one.

Jeffrey Duncan avatar
Jeffrey Duncan

Absolutely outstanding true movie! Will watch it again and again!

Johnny Ruiz avatar
Johnny Ruiz

What a fantastic time!

Danielle R. avatar
Danielle R.

Watched it twice already. It's one of the best films I've watched this year.

Jason avatar

If you have not seen this film just take the time to watch it and just take in the amazing story and the incredible performances turned in by the cast!

Ruth Duncan avatar
Ruth Duncan

Was actually pretty damn good. The film was good.

Evelyn M. avatar
Evelyn M.

This was movie was phenomenal. Really really nice.

Alan Brooks avatar
Alan Brooks

The show is well-written, futuristic, and nearly flawless. Give this film a chance, you'll be beyond thankful you did.

Brian Wade avatar
Brian Wade

Great movie! Totally unexpected and gets a little more serious than I thought it would from title picture.

Henry avatar

This was just what I needed to finish out the day. Funny, scary, and somehow a feel-good movie. Take the time to watch this, especially if you have had a bad day.

Brandon avatar

Well thought out Documentary and story line. I'll watch it again.

Donald avatar

This is an underappreciated movie.