Leeds Friends of Rojava Accidental Anarchist film screening
Saturday 9 September, 2:30pm
Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brundell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD
Carne Ross was a British Diplomat who became disillusioned by British Foreign policy. The lies of the Blair government, the dodgy dossier, and the death of David Kelly made him question his belief that he was working for ‘the good guys’. The murderous intervention in Iraq made him give a submission to the Chilcot inquiry contradicting the official version of events. He resigned from the diplomatic service and embarked upon a road to discover a politics that put people first. He became an anarchist.
The film looks at people’s endeavours to build direct democracies. Carne visits Marinaleda in Spain, a New York co-op, a neighbourhood mobilisation to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, talks to Noam Chomsky and finally travels to Rojava in Northern Syria.
In all, a moving and uplifting portrayal of hope, and peoples’ desires to live fulfilled and purposeful lives without the arbitrary dictates and whims of leaders.
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An abridged version of Accidental Anarchist will be premiered on BBC4 Storyville this Sunday, July 23 at 21:50 and will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.
“Carne Ross was a career diplomat who believed western democracy could save us all. But after the Iraq war he became disillusioned and resigned. This film traces Carne’s worldwide quest to find a better way of doing things – from a farming collective in Spain, to Occupy Wall Street to Rojava in war-torn Syria – as he makes the epic journey from government insider to anarchist.”
You can watch the trailer for the film here.
“We are excited to have the film’s world premiere – in competition for the F:ACT award – at CPH:DOX*, where we pitched the in initial idea for it in 2014,” said co-producer/co-director, John Archer, of Hopscotch Films.