Divide in Concord

Truth To Power
Closed Captions
Director: Kris Kaczor | Countries of production: Australia, United States | Year: 2013 | Length: 82 min
Language: English | Age: 12+ years

Older people are done changing the world, right? Look again. Divide in Concord is a glorious celebration of a group of largely retired men and women who are campaigning to set a local precedent in sustainable consumerism which could just trigger a national revolution.

84 year old Jean Hill is desperate to challenge a throwaway culture which poisons the oceanic food chain. Taking advantage of an incredible model of local democratic decision-making, she sets out to ban the sale of bottled water in her Massachusetts hometown, Concord (which just happens to be known as the cradle of the American Revolution and the writer Henri Thoreau). Facing down opposition from “libertarians”, the International Bottled Water Association as well as local and state media, Jean and her supporters set out to prove that you don’t necessarily need power, youth or a slick campaign to win over hearts and minds.

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