Documentaries

3rd April
2015
written by Mad Cow

USA, directed by Kris Kaczor

Jean Hill, an 84-year-0ld widow, became enraged by the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” her grandson showed her in the internet. She decided that she could contribute to the solution in her town of Concord, Massachussetts, home of Thoreau’s Walden Pond and “the shot heard round the world” in the Revolutionary War. She led a campaign to outlaw the sale of single serving water bottles in the town, evoking an enormous controversy often defined as the people’s right of “choice.” LOL. The movie deftly avoids ageism and focuses on her work with others to achieve their goal. It’s an interesting lesson in the town hall structure of governing. The film could have done with a bit more editing. We see more revolutionary war re-inactments than were necessary. Otherwise it’s inspiring, especially Jean’s remark that she wants to be used up when she dies. My sentiments exactly.

 

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