"The Accidental Anarchist" is a (2017) documentary about the radical-feminist-anarchist democracy formed in Rojava, Syria that is currently under military assault by the Turkish government.
It is told through the story of one man’s journey from British diplomat based at the United Nations to his discovery of what he sees as a stable, successful democracy in Rojava, or Syrian Kurdistan in the north. He likes what he sees in an anarchistic government where there is no hierarchy, self-government, decisions made by the people, no state. The local defense militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), is an army that fights Isis, and has lots of women but no military ranks.
This people-powered revolution promotes women’s leadership, ecological principles and popular democracy. It has links to the Institute for Social Ecology in western Massachusetts and Vermont.
Post-film speakers include members of the local Rojava Initiative, a Western MA based committee with ties to the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont.