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Award-Winning Film Screening and Conversation: ‘Below Surface’ An Exploration of Connectedness, Community, and Healthy Longevity

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Screening in the Library’s Trefz Forum, Below Surface is an award-winning short documentary that reveals the extraordinary power of community through an unlikely subject: a YMCA Aquafit class – that is, the Westport/Weston YMCA.

This exercise class, led by gifted and compassionate instructor Patty Kondub, inspired the connection among a group of multicultural and multigenerational individuals as they worked to keep fit, build relationships, and move forward with health and mindfulness for themselves and each other. The documentary gathers numerous moving stories from the class participants, and the instructor, to demonstrate how kindness and caring for others, combined with exercise, can be an antidote for grief, stress, and physical illness.

Below Surface was directed by Lukas Hauser, produced by Judith Bookbinder, and executive producers were Mary Lake Polan and Frank Bennack. The film has screened at the Paley Center for Media in New York City and at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. It was an official selection at film festivals around the country including Sarasota Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, American Documentary Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston, Berkshire International Film Festival, New Haven Doc Film Festival, and many more.

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