Part 5 of 'The Vermont Movie' to be shown Oct. 24

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SOUTH LONDONDERRY — "Freedom and Unity, The Vermont Movie" is a unique, six-part documentary on the history and culture of the Green Mountain State. The organization of the anthology is thematic, not chronological. Chapters 1 through 4 were shown between November, 2018, and March, 2019. Chapter 5, titled Ceres' Children, will be shown at 7 P.M. on Thursday, Oct. 24. The location is the South Londonderry Depot on Route 100. There is no cost to attend; donations are appreciated.

"The Vermont Movie" is a collaboration of three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont cinematographers and historians, led and coordinated into a cohesive whole by award-winning -filmmaker Nora Jacobson. Here is how those artists describe the content of Chapter 5:

"Part Five takes a deeper look at some of Vermont's cherished traditions: participatory democracy and the conservation ethic, from the ideas of George Perkins Marsh, one of America's first environmentalists, to contemporary volunteer groups and activist movements. The film captures 21st century debates over natural resources, then circles back in time to show how these concerns originate in the ethics of farmers, who depended on the natural world for their survival. The disappearance of dairy farms has raised a tough question: how big is too big? How can Vermont survive in a world economy? Can Vermont be a model for small, local and self-sufficient farming?"

The showing is a joint presentation of the Friends of the West River Trail, the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society and the Weston Historical Society. The Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the Vermont Arts Council were essential in underwriting the filming and production of "The Vermont Movie."

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