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This documentary examines a 1975 Labor Day weekend canoe trip through New Jersey.

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Available on Running time 60 minutes.

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Documentary Films, Boating
New Jersey Network

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Three Days on Big City Waters
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Cathy Hawn

This is a wonderful look at the touching and amusing adventures of two Rutgers University professors, Michael Aaron Rockland and Charles Woolfolk, as they canoe through New Jersey and out into New York Harbor. Our heroes spend the best part of their adventure on Ellis Island, prior to its major restoration in the 80s and 90s. The Ellis Island they discover is fascinating and haunting, and the role play the professors engage in bring to life the realities of the American immigrant experience in a moving and unexpected way. This film was shown annually at Douglass College freshman orientations in the early 1980s since both professors who star in it were affiliated with Douglass College at the time. I attended all four years of orientation primarily to see this movie. Years later, my husband and I were fortunate to borrow a copy from Professor Rockland and we enjoyed watching it in our own home. I hope to buy a copy to add to our collection of movies so we can see it yet again and hopefully this time, share it with our teenage daughter. I highly recommend this film to fans of all things New Jersey and anyone with an interest in Ellis Island and the vital role it played in the growth of our nation.