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He dined with The Beatles and shacked up with the Rolling Stones. He rubbed shoulders with soul diva Mama Cass, folk troubadour Leonard Cohen and a fledgling Pink Floyd. He was a figurehead for a new generation of playwrights. After he was stopped at Munich airport with a bag full of blank ‘world passports’, he lectured bewildered German border police about the virtues of “World Government”.

Today, at 83, Jim Haynes just won’t slow down: this ‘godfather of social networking’ organises open dinners every Sunday night in the Parisian artist studio that’s been his home for the past 50 years. Total strangers, unknown both to him and to each other, meet in his living room and Jim’s friends show up to cook cheerfully for crowds of 60 or more. It’s simple: you sign up, you come over, you meet Jim. As he once said: “My home is a World Government Embassy that never closes.”

Meeting Jim composes an impressionistic portrait of Jim Haynes the man and the cultural phenomenon, as seen by the many and diverse people whose lives have been touched by his. The film is a hymn to the lasting spirit of the 60s, an inspirational living proof of how we can all chose to live on the bright side: to Jim, the choice is ready-made: “Life is short: we have a duty to enjoy ourselves”.

Director Biography

Ece Ger is a filmmaker who has graduated in Film Studies at Bilgi University, Istanbul in 2012 and received her Masters Degree in Film Studies at the University of Kent's Paris program in 2015. Meeting Jim is her first feature-length documentary. The film has been premiered with Jim Haynes' attendance and nominated for the "Best Documentary" award at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018. Since then it has been shown at various film festivals and special screenings in around 20 cities from different corners of the world. Meeting Jim was broadcasted at BBC Scotland in 2019/2020 and won the "Best Documentary" award at Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2019.
Ece Ger
Ece Ger, Marta Benavides Hidalgo, Rainer Kölmel, Başak, Othan Kocaoğlu; Co-Producers: Oğuzhan Akalın, Gilliam de la Torre, Barış Ulus
76 Minutes
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