2018-2019 Labor Film Series: 'A Silent Transformation' | Wis.Community


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A Silent Transformation is a feature-length documentary about the transformative power of the co-operative enterprise model. The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective well-being in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion, and cultural discrimination. As the modern capitalist economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities necessary for a decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever. However, over the years since its founding, the co-op sector has become insular and poorly understood. A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of different communities across the Province of
Ontario. By addressing their needs collectively they are helping to regain the initial radical vision of co-operation. In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society! Will it grow and flourish? A Silent Transformation was created by Simon Brothers, Luke Mistruzzi, Anton Smolski and
Mark Preston, operating as a worker collective, based on initiative-driven participation, consensus-based decision making and an ethos of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” The primary task of A Silent Transformation is to explore the cooperative enterprise model and its transformative potential. But its deeper significance is in its attempt to sketch out, through process and narrative, the contours of a possible transition away from capitalism to a system of economic democracy.Sponsored by United Faculty and Academic Staff of UW-Eau Claire, AFT Local 6481; The UW-Eau Claire Departments of English and Sociology and UW-Eau Claire Students Organizing for Community Action. All screenings will take place Wednesday evenings in Woodland Theater on the Campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free of charge. Discussion will follow screenings.

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Apr 17 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Woodland Theater, Davies Center