The Co-op Wars Documentary: Recorded Discussion

Oct 20, 2021 | Co-ops, Events

Please join Producer Erik Esse in an hour-long discussion with

Doug Johnson, Belfast Co-op General Manager

Emily Berry, Belfast Co-op Administrative Assistant 

They discuss the Film and past, present, and future of cooperative systems, food distribution, and planning for longevity. 

Co-op Wars Q&A with Belfast Co-op | Oct 2021 from Belfast Co-op on Vimeo.

Recorded on October 29th, 2021 on Zoom.

This Live Event Has Passed!

The Belfast Co-op 

presents a virtual screening of 

Friday, October 29, 2021 • 6-7 pm
Watch this amazing hour-long documentary at your leisure, then join us for this special panel discussion and Q & A on Friday, 10/29 at 6pm.
Please watch the documentary before the event on Friday. It’s available to stream NOW. Link: Watch the Co-op Wars Movie Here

Friday, 6 pm Program:

6-6:10 Introductions
6:10-6:40 Panelist Discussion
6:40-7 (or perhaps later) Q&A / Audience Discussion
Alessandra in our Marketing department will facilitate.
Co-op Wars documentary, available to watch starting now. Please watch before the event on Friday.

Belfast Co-op invites you to view and discuss THE CO-OP WARS, an hour-long documentary illuminating the dramatic origins of the Twin Cities food co-ops.

THE CO-OP WARS tells the story of the young activists who tried to build an alternative to corporate capitalism, the violent struggle that almost tore them apart, and their eventual success in ways they never foresaw.

In the 1970s, young people in Twin Cities radicalized by the Vietnam War created a unique counterculture economy featuring dozens of food cooperatives. Powered by idealism and camaraderie, they created stores that offered whole foods unavailable in supermarkets and acted as thriving social hubs. But a shadowy revolutionary group exploited conflicts over class and race to try to seize the movement for its own ends. The ensuing clash pitted friends and comrades in a sometimes violent struggle over who and what the co-ops were for.

View the film for free at The Co-op Wars Movie.

Join us Friday, Oct. 29 at 6 pm for a Zoom Q&A with Producer Erik Esse, General Manager Doug Johnson, and Administrative Assistant Emily Berry to discuss how the issues raised in the film connect with the past and future of the food co-op movement and Belfast Co-op in particular.

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