"David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) goes into clean neighborhoods and finds the germs and bugs beneath; I go into dirty neighborhoods and find the life." That's how filmmaker Tony Buba describes his 12 documentaries about his hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Buba is the son of Italian immigrants, part of the wave of Europeans who came to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to work in the steel mills of Braddock and other towns around Pittsburgh. Now the steel industry is dead, and Braddock is a prototype post-industrial town, a town where a person either lives by his or her wits or lives in poverty. Producer Dan Collison follows Buba through the streets of Braddock, past the old Croatian and Slovak social clubs where, if you listen closely, you can almost hear the sounds of the early immigrants passing the hours before they returned to the mills.
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