Film Screenings at the National Archives in October 2005
Press Release ยท Monday, September 19, 2005

Press Release
September 19, 2005

Film Screenings at the National Archives in October 2005

Washington, DC…The National Archives October public programs theme "Coming to America" celebrates immigration, genealogy, and family history with special screenings of the following films and series: Journey to America, The Ballad of Bering Strait, Destination America with David Grubin and three short documentaries from the National Archives holdings. Reservations are recommended. Reserve by email ( or telephone (202-501-5000).

All film screenings are free and open to the public. The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

Friday, October 7--Journey to America
The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives presents this acclaimed 1989 documentary, produced for the PBS series The American Experience. The film chronicles the great migration to the New World between 1890 and 1920 and follows the immigrants as they begin their new lives all across America. Directed by Charles Guggenheim. (52 minutes.) Noon.

Friday, October 14--The Ballad of Bering Strait
This 2003 documentary follows seven Russian teenagers who came to America to become country music stars. In July 1999, their band, Bering Strait, began recording its first album in Nashville. Over the next two and a half years, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey chronicled the musicians' responses to the twists and turns of the recording industry, their rehearsals, their debut concert at the Grand Ole Opry, their tense discussions with their managers, and their adaptation to life in America. The filmmakers also traveled with the band members to their homes and music conservatories in Russia, documenting how they became adept at playing American country music. Tonight's screening will be introduced by director Nina Gilden Seavey. (98 minutes.) 7 p.m.

Friday, October 21-- Destination America with David Grubin
Since the U.S. Government began keeping official records in 1820, more than 70 million people have immigrated to the United States. The new PBS documentary series Destination America explores some of the forces that compel individuals to immigrate to America,