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Documenting the fall and rise of Minnesota’s flower power co-ops

The souring of the hippy dream as the idealistic 1960s gave way to the embittered ’70s is a familiar tale, but here is an absorbing co-operative variation on the theme, set among the warring factions of Minnesota’s grocery co-ops. 

This hour-long documentary mixes archive footage with testimony from a charismatic cast of survivors, beautifully narrated by Peter Coyote – himself a veteran of the counterculture and a familiar voice from Ken Burns’ epic American histories.

Showcased at last month’s Minneapolis-St Paul Film Festival, it’s a cautionary tale of what can happen when the internal tensions of a passionate, radical youth movement run out of control. 

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