"The Circle" 2019
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The Circle

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To change the world, one needs to start within.

This is a dramatic story about thriving for utopia and finally – paradise lost. We follow over 5 years from start the 12 grownups that come together after years of dreaming to form a conscious eco-community. They leave their normal mainstream lives and homes behind, take their children out of schools and deconstruct the basic pillars of society as we know it. They start co-living in a half-derelict manor lot. Their first motive is to build a sustainable community, taking care of the earth, but soon they come to realize that cooperation to do so can`t happen, unless social relations are in balance and this is not an easy task. First months in they enjoy a euphoric honeymoon state. After about 8 months they hit their first big crises. Conflict rises between the 2 founders of the community and chaos breaks loose. The main characters are two strong women, the ideological founders of the commune. This is a power-struggle that is triggered by a love-triangle. The affair does not last long due to emotional pressure, nevertheless the power-struggle escalates throughout the next 3 years and puts the community vessel to a test. The commune is worn down by the dragging conflict. Families split, both children and grownups suffer. It is a story about betrayals, families and friendships breaking up, and thriving to find their balance anew. Will they give up their dreams that a new world with loving relationships and real cooperation is possible? In the end, as the conflict is not possible to resolve, the community splits up into two new entities, trying to find a new beginning for both sides. We are always burdened by our past lives that we carry with us throughout our journey, and unless we very carefully unpack it, the past traumas come to haunt us, our old behaviour patterns destroy the relationships and the dream of a harmonious non-violent world slips away. The change needs to be within oneself, only then we can go and save the world.

Margit Lillak
Johanna Trass
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"The Circle" 2019