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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Rise and Fall of the Summit Y

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2007 at 12:46 PM

We see so many damn documentaries — about the plight of cocoa farmers in South America to teary Holocaust remembrances — that we just don't get all that excited when we hear about another one coming out -- unless it involves funny penguins or naked ladies. Still, we're intrigued by The Rise and Fall of the YWCA of Summit County, a locally produced film about the 100-year-old organization that closed its doors in 2005. While it's hard to rally enthusiasm for a bunch of talking heads reminiscing about an institution, there's history here. The Akron YWCA was one of the largest and oldest in the area. The Akron-Summit County Public Library is screening the film at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Lots of people involved in the doc — including filmmakers and some of the people who are part of the story — will be available for a Q&A afterward. Now, a movie about the YMCA and the dance it inspired? We'd be all over that! -- Michael Gallucci

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