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‘The Power of Community’ and ‘The School’ — Southwest Light’s double feature

Southwest Light and Learning Center will show two videos on Sunday, Aug. 22, 3 p.m., at Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

“The Power of Community” is a 53-minute documentary on how Cuba survived Peak Oil. When Cuba’s hefty subsidies of oil, food and other goods ceased after the Soviet Union collapsed and the U.S. tightened its embargo, the people suffered terrible hardships. This inspiring film offers a living model of sustainability as Cubans tell the story of their nation’s recovery and its transition to organic agriculture, renewable energy, effective mass transit, lowered consumption, better health and stronger communities.

The second video is “The School: Humanity’s New Future.” 30 minutes long, the film is about a school in the foothills of the highest mountain in Europe. Russian visionary Mikhail Shetinin has shattered mainstream and alternative views on education while creating humanity’s new future. At his School, the children have designed, built and decorated their own campus. They cover the entire high-school curriculum in one year and get official Master’s degrees by the time they are 17. They cook their meals, do administrative work and write their own textbooks. “The School” will let you witness the enormous creative power revealed in each human being.

Following the film, we will hold a 30-minute question and answer session with discussion, along with tea and a light snack. This event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted to help support Southwest Light and Learning Center, a nonprofit institute for higher awareness.

For more information, call Ann Miller at 759-2983 or visit