Community Acupuncture – The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged

This is the story of how a small group of loud-mouthed, over-educated, under-employed activists and a massive group of ordinary people with average incomes revolutionized healthcare services by using large empty rooms, old recliner chairs and two-cent needles.

In 2002, two Portland acupuncturists, Skip Van Meter and Lisa Rohleder, opened a clinic with the intention of making acupuncture affordable and accessible. Today, Working Class Acupuncture is the busiest acupuncture practice in Oregon. The film follows six diverse community acupuncture patients and shows the impact of affordable acupuncture on their lives and communities. Filmed and edited by Brian Lindstrom, best known for his cinema-verite documentary "Finding Normal", he uses the same style to tell the story of the community acupuncture movement. Probably one of the few social movements to start in NE Portland's Cully neighborhood and subsequently spread to some 200 clinics around the country.

Brian Lindstrom will be present at the screening for a question and answer session following the film.



Monday, November 14