Red Star Line (2013)

The mythical shipping company Red Star Line transported about 2 million European people to the Americam Dream


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Lambert Erik Lambert ... Narrator (voice)
Margaret Roets Margaret Roets ... Self - Belgian Publishing Inc.
Rufus Griscom Rufus Griscom ... Self
David McKay David McKay ... Self
Adam Walaszek Adam Walaszek ... Self - professor of history, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Frank Caestecker Frank Caestecker ... Self - Ghent University
Carole Malkin Carole Malkin ... Self
José C. Moya José C. Moya ... Self - professor of history, Columbia University
Dorothy Spiwak Field Dorothy Spiwak Field ... Self
Eloise Summey Turner Eloise Summey Turner ... Self
Joel Mason Joel Mason ... Self
Ellen Bledsoe Rodriguez Ellen Bledsoe Rodriguez ... Self
Donald Moel Donald Moel ... Self
Morris Moel Morris Moel ... Self
Mandy Nauwelaerts Mandy Nauwelaerts ... Self - historian


Between 1873 and 1934, the Belgian shipping company Red Star Line transported approximately 2 million migrants from Antwerp to New York. What makes the Red Star Line unique is that it mainly transported Eastern Europeans to the United States, many of whom were of Jewish origin. This made Antwerp the main passenger port in Europe at the time. The documentary series presents a mosaic of human migration stories. Audio tapes containing over 2000 interviews with people testifying on the most important journey of their lives, are kept on Ellis Island, the island just off the coast of New York where migrants would arrive. We visited the descendants of these Red Star Line passengers in America and brought with us the original sound recordings. With them, we discovered why they had left everything they owned, traveled to Antwerp, how the RSL brought them across the ocean to New York, and how they tried to build up a new life on the other side of the ocean. Written by Daniel cattier

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A historical film about the mythical shipping company Red Star Line



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English | Flemish

Release Date:

1 October 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Meren yli Amerikkaan See more »

Filming Locations:

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »


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EUR850 (estimated)
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| (3-part TV)

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Color (scenes in the present)| Black and White (archive films)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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