Counter-Revolution

(2002, Brian Standing, 10 minutes)

Congenial anarchists attempt to reverse the flow of the Madison,Wisconsin farmer’s market.

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Every Saturday morning in the summer, residents of Madison, Wisconsin flock to Capitol Square to buy vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat trucked in by local farmers. A newcomer to the Dane County Farmer’s Market may observe a peculiar custom: everyone walks around the square in the same, counter-clockwise, direction. The origins of this ritual have long ago been lost, and the natives now practice this behavior instinctively, without question.

One day, a group of radicals rose up, and demanded, “Why don’t we try walking the other direction for a change?” This is the story of their revolt — and the all too predictable results.

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