5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-7756 .
The epic film, The Emigrants, will be shown at 1pm on Monday September 23, and, The New Land, will be shown at 1pm on Monday September 30 in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library. Both are English language version films, without subtitles. The Emigrants, and its sequel The New Land, are Swedish films based on Vilhelm Moberg's novels. The Emigrants tells the story of a Swedish group that emigrates from Smaland, a small rural farming community in southern Sweden, to Minnesota, United States in the 19th century. The film follows the hardships the group faces in Sweden and on their difficult ten-week journey to America. The Emigrants, staring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann, was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won for best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress at the Golden Globes. The New Land chronicles the Swedish immigrants struggle to start a new life in America, marked by courage, faith, and determination, as they are confronted with many threats and challenges, including the start of the Civil War and the uprising of the Indians. The exhibit, Coming to America: Washington's Swedish Immigrants, will also be open for viewing next door in the Gunn Museum before and after both films. Admission to the films and exhibit is free. The Gunn Memorial Library and Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Rt. 47, on Washington Green. Call the Gunn or visit the website.