SUSY Solidarity Film Festival


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Calderdale Bootstrap in co-operation with the SUSY film project are proud to host an afternoon of international films with a solidarity economy theme, followed by a participatory evening of song with 3 Acres and a Cow celebrating the History of Land Rights and Protest with story and folk.

Also featuring Bradford Women Singers and 4 Horsemen

This event is free to attend on a Pay as You Feel basis. All funds to support the activities of Calderdale Bootstrap.

This is an event not to be missed! We anticipate that this event will be popular and the capacity is limited so do get there early.

This event is supported by the international SUSY project promoting the social and solidarity economy in which the Co-operative College is a UK partner. The Co-operative College will pre present to introduce the films.
More information about the SUSY project here:

Films shown in the afternoon from 2.30:

Living with Dignity of Your Land (37 minutes, 2015)
The film tells the story about the birth of the production of sustainable products in Senegal and stresses that it is possible to create a competitive and economically stable farm enterprise. In the film, we get to know some of the members of agricultural cooperatives using agroecological techniques to face difficulties that plague family agriculture in Senegal. They share with us their journey and experiences of living with dignity of their land again.
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Extraordinary People (30 minutes, 2015)
People living in Turkey`s eastern Black Sea region, along with their traditions, unique lifestyle and uncommonly practical solutions for life, mostly take us into either deep thinking or hilarious laughter. Metin Akinci is bored from the city life and cannot resist the temptation of moving back to the village of his childhood. One day, Metin leaves his two adult children and the wife behind and decides to settle in the village of a thousand meters high of Çamlýhemþin. Black sea people make extraordinary things not only on personal but also on communal level. They have uncommon life style and sense of entertainment. They despite the harsh natural conditions in this tough region with their unique creativity and practical solutions bring a different meaning to life.

Palmas (56 minutes, 2014)
In 1973, moved by interests of property speculation, the Prefecture of Fortaleza expropriated 1,500 families from their homes in the coastal area of Fortaleza. These families were transferred to a location without the minimum housing infrastructure, there are more than twelve miles from their place of origin, and initiated an intense movement of claims and struggles. This would be a story like so many scattered throughout Brazil and other parts of the world, were not because of the fact that this community to solve the socio-economic problems of its residents, also created its own money, THE PALMS. And a bank: the 1st Community, Popular Bank of Brazil, BANCO.

We will also be showing the film of our first Bootstrap event that took place in Hebden Bridge in May 2017.

The films will be followed by food from Vinod at 5pm.

3 Acres and a Cow will be on at 6pm.

After the music, there will be an opportunity to continue socialising and networking from 9pm.

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The upper Calder Valley has one of the greatest concentrations of co-ops in the UK, along with countless sole traders, microbusinesses, partnerships and self-employed people. These enterprises can help other enterprises grow.

Calderdale’s recovery following recent flooding is testimony to its resilience. Bootstrap aims to enable existing creative, caring and practical networks grow even stronger.

We are a group of entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community to co-create our next economy.

The Calderdale Bootstrap steering group:

Ben Oubridge – Valley Organics
Sue Mellis – Hebden Bridge Annual and the Egg Factory
Mark Simmonds – Co-op Culture and Pennine Community Power
Tom Henfrey – Schumacher Institute and Calder Shamanics
Dave Brooks – Hebden Hostel and LED Fantastic
Marie-Claire Kidd – journalist on environment, food, health and community

What’s Bootstrap all about?

The idea of the ‘solidarity economy’ is building momentum internationally.  Bootstrap aims to highlight the alternatives to conventional economics in the face of climate change, economic failure and energy and other resource crises.

Building on the success of similar events organised by movements like the REconomy Project and Project Soup, we’re holding an open event to celebrate local social enterprise.

At Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 5 May 2017 there will be inspirational speakers followed by a chance for new and established social enterprises to promote themselves and appeal for support and investment from the community – that’s you!

The community gets to ask the pitchers questions and pledge support. We’ll provide food, a bar and entertainment. If it goes well, we’ll do it again.

Right now, we’re looking for enterprises who might like to pitch to the community on 5 May and individuals and organisations who have help to offer. Express your interest here.

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Get involved

cropped-bstrap-logo-a.jpgThere are many ways that you get involved in Calderdale Bootstrap:

  • We meet regularly to plan events. You might want to become part of our core group.
  • We can support new and existing enterprises that identify with the solidarity economy. If we can’t help, we know someone whoBootstrap - what con you offer? can.
  • You could just come along to one of our events. Join our mailing list to be kept informed.
  • You could follow our Facebook Page
  • You could join our Facebook Community Forum to communicate with others involved in our Solidarity economy.


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