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Rental Partner: Block by Block Films presents


Documentary World Premiere

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Friday, June 14
6:00 pm PDT
$5 - $15


The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Presented by Block by Block Films. For questions about this event, please contact dysmocracy@blockbyblockfims.com.

A torn black and white page with a picture of a government building. The words "Dysmocracy: The Fight over Fluoride" are added in the middle as torn pieces of paper.

Join Block by Block for their first-ever public screening of a new documentary that explores the state of democracy through one town’s explosive political fight.

Dysmocracy: The Fight Over Fluoride follows the people of Port Angeles, WA, as they split over a looming decision: Whether to fluoridate their public water. This episodic film weaves between opposing perspectives to bring you inside the worldviews and experiences of activists, medical professionals, journalists, elected leaders, and ordinary citizens who navigated a crisis that nearly dissolved their local government. But this story is about much more than fluoride: It’s about how we can live in a healthy democracy when we have such polarized points of view.

A discussion will follow the viewing including topics like: What do you think about both sides of this issue? Did elected leaders do the public wrong? How far is too far for activism to go? Can we trust what experts tell us? How do we know?

Through brief intermissions and an interactive discussion led by the filmmakers, you will have the chance to weigh in with your vote: How do we do democracy when we cannot agree?


5:30pm Doors Open

6:00pm Film Screening and Audience Feedback

8:30pm Post-Film Discussion

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Jordan Melograna – Director, Producer, Writer

Jordan Melograna is a photographer and filmmaker focused on stories concerning human rights, scientific understanding, and environmental sustainability. For over a decade, Jordan has worked for and with NGOs to create films and story-driven multimedia campaigns to advance their causes and uplift the voices of their constituents. His work has been screened at film festivals across the world, featured as centerpieces for advocacy events at the U.S. Capitol and the UN, and been viewed tens of millions of times online. Jordan is the CEO of Block by Block Films, a film and multimedia production company working with state, national, and international clients, as well as producing original documentary films. Jordan serves as a senior affiliate instructor at the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program, focusing on ethical communications in the nonprofit sector.

Christa Hillstrom – Writer, Producer

Christa Hillstrom is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, and other publications. Her writing has focused on in-depth, character-driven narratives that highlight resilience and leadership in the context of human rights and gender-based violence. She was a senior editor at the solutions journalism outlet, YES! Magazine, where she covered economic justice and women’s leadership. She is the recipient of a New York Press Club Award, a Magazine Media Award, and a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York; and a finalist for the 2023 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. She is working on her first book, a narrative nonfiction exploration of the legacy and impact of trauma on women. She lives in the Seattle area.

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