The Land Was Theirs (1993) and An Artist Reception

A Film About the New Jersey Chicken Farmers
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:00 pm

The Land Was Theirs, set in New Jersey, is about Jewish farmers and their communities. It opens a window on the wider experience of immigrants who came to America in search of a better life and found it in the rural countryside. The new farmers, a minority group living in dynamic tension with the larger culture, managed to adapt to new lifestyles and conventions while maintaining their religious and cultural heritage. A surprising number of artists were raised on these farms and live in Highland Park and the surrounding community. The Highland Park Arts Commission will present this documentary film along with a panel of artists including Rena Segal, Marion Munk & Ellen Rebarber, who grow up on the farms. These artists will also be exhibiting their work throughout the month of April in the Meeting Room and Main Hall Display Case.