7 Billion People in 2011 – Award-Winning Film Shows Why We Should Care
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August 31, 2011 Denver, Colorado – Award-winning environmental filmmakers are releasing Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, a film on sustainability, over-consumption and population. A winner at the Boulder International Film Festival this year, Mother inspired the progressive Boulder audience to give a standing ovation. Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us wrote “Mother is a thoughtful, visually striking treatment of one of our biggest questions, both personal and planetary. It hooks you, holds you — and leaves you genuinely hoping.”
In the film, Beth – a mother, a child-rights activist and a member of a large American family of 12 – realizes her own family’s impact and then travels to Ethiopia and witnesses firsthand the pressures of rapid population growth in developing countries. There she meets a young woman Zinet, living in extreme poverty, who, against all odds, found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers by refusing to get married young and by attending school.
“Overpopulation is just another symptom of a domination system,” says the film’s director Chris Fauchere. “We not only need to empower women, but we also have to move away from a ‘user’ to a ‘nurturing’ attitude towards our planet and each other.” He then adds, “It’s a win-win situation for women, the sustainability of the world economy and the health of the planet.”
Tiroir A Films Productions’ previous award-winning environmental films include The Great Squeeze (2009) and Energy Crossroads (2007). An academic version of Mother is also available as well as the public performance rights for grassroots screenings. This is a limited release and is available for purchase or streaming (rental) at http://muvi.es/425/2311
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