Eighteen college students decided to do something remarkable — they would cycle across the country, stopping at co-ops along the way.
“To the Moon” is the documentary of their journey.
Starting off in San Francisco, they trekked back to their college stomping grounds in Massachusetts, spending a grueling — though rewarding — 90 days on the road. Going by the name Co-Cycle, they created networks, interacted as a group, and dealt with the physical hardships of bicycling. As one can imagine, tempers occasionally frayed, bodies rebelled, and their mission was often questioned.
Through it all, when all of their hardships are taken into account, the team was inspiring for their dedication to stay positive, communicate, and cooperate.
As the young adults journey, they learn about many different types of co-ops as well as the commonality of the cooperative mission. From laundries to day cares, credit unions to natural foods, the seven cooperative principals were celebrated, and the students discovered how co-ops are working to improve so many aspects of daily life. It was an amazing reminder for me of why I fell in love with co-ops in the first place, and I’m sure many viewers will be similarly inspired.
Through much soul searching, the group grows as individuals and as a team, learning about the cooperative movement and discovering ways to make it even better.
“To the Moon” plays in the BriarPatch Co-op Community Room on Friday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Seating is limited, so come early. Please be advised that the group speaks like college students, so there is some colorful language in the film.