Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream (DVD)
For more than 90 years, the Streit’s matzo factory sat in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While other matzo companies modernized, Streit’s remained a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on pre-War machinery as old as the factory itself. In a neighborhood where the Jewish immigrants long ago moved on, in a nation where progress and profits trump all else, where manufacturing has left the cities if not the country, where family businesses are bought out by giant corporations and workers move from job to low paying job, filmmaker Michael Levine captures the Streit’s saga and echoes the American Dream.
Featuring more than twenty-five minutes of Bonus Features, including:
- "The First Factory" - Go inside the original Streit's Matzo factory on Pitt Street in NYC's Lower East Side, used from 1914-1925 (before they moved to their main location on Rivington Street).
- "Mediterranean Matzo" - One day a year, Streit's produces special "Mediterranean" matzo, flavored with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and olive oil. Enjoy this candid glimpse inside the factory as workers prepare this unique annual delicacy.
- "The Story of a Matzo" - Filmed in the 1940's, this homemade footage reveals the history of Streit's and their process of making matzo that has remained the same for more than 100 years.