Alaska Far Away

What if you had the chance to start your life over--in Alaska? In the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal gave over 200 struggling farm families a chance to start over in Alaska. The project relocated farm families from the Midwest to the Matanuska Valley in Alaska to start an experimental farming colony that opened up Alaska for settlement, and gave these families a fresh start during hard times. "Alaska Far Away" is an award-winning documentary film about the Matanuska Colony. It tells the story of this bold government experiment, and the families who found themselves thrust into the national spotlight. "Alaska Far Away" has been seen on public television stations and at film festivals across the United States. It is available on DVD through our website, along with our companion film, "Where the River Matanuska Flows." If you're planning a visit to the Matanuska Valley, these films are a perfect introduction to this area's unique place in American history.