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Accidental Anarchist

Accidental Anarchist
John Archer, Clara Glynn
UK | Iraq | Spain | Syria | USA
84 minutes

Presented by OPIRG Guelph


Carne Ross was a government highflyer. A career diplomat who believed Western Democracy could save us all. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers. This film traces his journey across the globe as he tries to find an answer to the question so many people today are asking themselves - isn't there a better way? For Carne there is. Anarchism offers a solution to the brutalities of Capitalism and the dishonesties of Democracy. It offers a world where people have control over their own lives. From the protesters of Occupy Wall Street, to an anarchist collective in Spain, to Noam Chomsky, the grand old man of anarchism himself, Carne finds people who are putting the theory into practice.


About the Director

John Archeris the producer of the fifteen hour long Peabody Award winning The Story of Film: An Odysseywhich premiered at TIFF, selling to 35 territories. He has produced over 600 hours of UK network television, including The Director’s Place and has two BAFTA awards. He has directed films for the BBC and Channel 4. As founding Chief Executive of Scottish Screen he backed My Name is JoeMorven CallarSweet Sixteenand The Magdalene Sisters. In 2015 he produced two new feature documentaries which premiered at international festivals: Mark Cousins’ I Am Belfastand Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise.

Clara Glynnis an award winning writer and director who works in drama and documentary.  Her documentaries include I Met Adolf Eichmannand Iran Hostage Crisisfor the BBC and Hidden Jews of Berlinfor Channel 4. As well as television drama she has written theatre plays, radio drama and an opera libretto.

Post Film Discussions:

The film's researcher, Liam Barrington-Bush, will be taking audience questions after the screening. Liam is an activist, researcher and author, who has worked extensively with Carne Ross on multiple projects since 2012. He has taken part in and documented autonomous grassroots social movements in Canada, the UK and Mexico and wrote a book on self-organizing within hierarchical non-governmental organizations, called Anarchists in the Boardroom.” To find out more about Liam, please visit:

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