Mother: Caring For 7 Billion

United States

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is an independent film produced by Tiroir A. Films and supported by Population Media Center. It was released in 2011 and focuses on the intricate and important relationship between the growing human population, human rights, and the environment.

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, a 69-minute documentary produced by Tiroir A. Films, an organization that creates PSAs, documentaries, and communications programs on human rights and environmental issues. It was directed and produced by Christophe Fauchère and co-produced by Joyce Johnson. As they began their research, Lester Brown suggested an interview with PMC’s President Bill Ryerson. They were so impressed by Ryerson and PMC’s work that they decided to feature PMC’s work in the documentary.

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion takes a personal and global look at human population growth, its impact on the Earth, and its connection to human rights. It was released in 2011 in English. Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is now also available in Spanish and French and can be watched online for free until Dec 2015 in an effort to put population on the agenda for the UN Climate Conference in Paris in November 2015. Empowering and educating girls and women needs to be included in climate talks.

Schools and groups without strong internet connection interested in showing Mother: Caring for 7 Billion should sign up to receive a copy. The French and Spanish DVDs will be available soon.

The documentary follows Beth, who comes to discover the thorny complexities of the population issue. Beth’s journey brings her to reflect on what it means to come from a large American family, she was one of 10 children, and the decisions she and her husband made for their family, raising two biological children and one adopted African-born daughter.

Her journey also takes her to Ethiopia where she meets Zinet, the oldest daughter of a desperately poor family of 12. Zinet has found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers, and their encounter will change Beth forever. This experience also introduces Beth to PMC’s approach to addressing human rights and population because Zinet is an avid listener to one of PMC’s radio serial dramas.

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion doesn’t blame — it educates, highlighting a different path for humanity, and focuses on raising the status of women worldwide as the first step toward progress. It features interviews with world-renown experts and scientists, including some of PMC’s staff.  More information about Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is available online.

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion Trailer

"Mother is a loving, thoughtful, visually striking treatment of one of our biggest questions...."

Alan Weisman , Author, The World Without US

Making a Difference

The Mother: Caring for 7 Billion video trailer generated more than 10,500 views on YouTube between its release and March 2015. It has been broadcasted in over 10 countries, and this number will only increase with the release of French and Spanish translations in 2015. Additionally, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is in the libraries of over 100 universities and colleges and has been played at a number of national and international film festivals including: the International Environmental Film Festival in Rio, Brazil and the American Public Health Association Film Festival.

Project Information

Title: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion 
Format: Independent 69-minute documentary focused on human rights and environmental protection
Location: Produced in the United States and Ethiopia, viewed in over 10 countries
Language: English (Spanish and French translations will be released Earth Day 2015)
Released: 2011

About the Film
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is a groundbreaking and award-winning film that reveals the compelling challenges we face in a world of 7 billion. It tells the story of Beth, an American mother and child’s right activist, and her journey to make sense of how and why the empowerment of women and girls around the world is so intricately linked to our fate on this fragile planet. Mother features world-renowned experts to help explain one of the most persistent controversies in our culture that touches gender equity, religion, reproductive health and the environment. It is a film of hope and shows the strength of the human spirit to make a better world.

About Tiroir A. Films
Tiroir A. Films is an award winning independent film producer that typically produces films focusing on environmental issues.

About Population Media Center
PMC provided advising, collaboration, and funding for this project. PMC also provided the connection to the Ethiopia  woman, Zinet,  who shares her story in the film. PMC was aware of Zinet’s  story because she was deeply impacted by a PMC radio serial drama in Ethiopia.

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