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A remarkable story about an 84 year-old-woman trying to take down the third largest industry in the world recently screened at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and was listed as one of the festival director’s favourite films.

It’s returning to the screen at the Byron Theatre tomorrow (Saturday) as part of a one-day film festival in honour of Seniors Week.

Divide in Concord follows 84-year-old widow and mother of four, Jean Hill, who has waged a seemingly unwinnable battle against single-serve plastic bottles of water being sold in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts.

If enacted, the law will be the first of its kind in the world. Complete with strong opposition from local merchants and the massive bottled water industry, this film follows Jean’s controversial crusade.

Also included on the day will be a ‘best of’ selection from the recent Byron Bay International Film Festival highlighting the theme of ‘Living Well as an Elder’ and screenings of the ‘Life of Byron’ short films, which document life stories as told by some of Byron’s captivating older residents.

Other events include the Young at Heart short film awards and an encore screening of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This one day free event hosted at the Byron Community Centre will take place on Saturday March 21 from 11am to 6pm.


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