Doc­u­men­tary se­ries to go for­ward

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Val­ley Docs, the project started by three Wolfville area res­i­dents, will start screen­ing, for free, award-win­ning doc­u­men­taries.

The trio or­ga­nized a suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing cam­paign to bring in­for­ma­tive, thought-pro­vok­ing films that don’t usu­ally make it to com­mer­cial the­atres.

The Al Whit­tle Theatre in Wolfville will be the site of the first screen­ing in Canada of ‘Ac­ci­den­tal An­ar­chist’ on Satur­day, Oct. 14.

This project grew out of some good ‘new fash­ioned’ so­cial net­work­ing, said Michael Ca­plan, a soft­ware de­vel­oper with Henry Schein in Wolfville.

The doc­u­men­tary cov­ers many themes im­por­tant to Ca­plan, in­clud­ing the Syr­ian war and how the au­tonomous re­gion of Ro­java is re­mak­ing so­ci­ety around di­rectly demo­cratic and fem­i­nist lines.

Lisa Lowthers, a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ist, and Andy Horsnell, co-founder of Com­mon Good So­lu­tions, which is a global leader in the so­cial en­ter­prise move­ment, con­nected over a re­lated post that Horsnell put up dis­cussing the co-op­er­a­tive move­ment in the Ro­java re­gion.

Early on, Lowthers, Horsnell, and Ca­plan de­cided they wished to use the screen­ing as a trial to de­ter­mine if there was in­ter­est in an on­go­ing doc­u­men­tary se­ries that ex­plores im­por­tant so­cial is­sues. The trio wishes to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment, Ca­plan says, to not only view award win­ning hard-to-come-by doc­u­men­taries, but to also fos­ter com­mu­nity dis­cus­sion and ac­tion.

The screen­ing will in­clude a vir­tual ad­dress by sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the Ro­java re­gion.

Con­firmed as part of the lineup is Deb­bie Bookchin, an award­win­ning jour­nal­ist. Her writ­ing has ap­peared in The At­lantic, The Na­tion, and The New York Times. She has writ­ten and spo­ken ex­ten­sively on her fa­ther’s work, Mur­ray Bookchin (1921 – 2006). A pi­o­neer in the ecol­ogy move­ment, his ca­reer in­formed the pol­i­tics of the Ro­java re­gion.

The group also hopes to in­volve some­one else who has served in the Ro­java-based mili­tia in their fight against ISIS for the evening’s pre­sen­ta­tion.

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