Arts in Action presents Mother: Caring for 7 Billion an award-winning documentary by Christophe Fauchere which breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth.
“Mother rightly calls out the environmental movement for generally shying away from speaking out on population, and for not recognising that it is a driver for many of the issues the environmental/sustainability movement is seeking to address.” Sharon Ede – Post Growth Institute http://postgrowth.org/mother-caring-for-7-billion/
Grounded in the theories of social scientist Riane Eisler, the film strives not to blame but to educate, to highlight a different path for humanity. Overpopulation is merely a symptom of an even larger problem – a “domination system” that for most of human history has glorified the domination of man over nature, man over child and man over woman. To break this pattern, the film demonstrates that we must change our conquering mindset into a nurturing one. Mother not only focuses on consumption and moving away from our current economic model, but it shows in a holistic manner how empowering women worldwide will help to solve the environmental, social and humanitarian crises that stem from population growth.
Former president of the Victoria and Tasmania branch of Sustainable Population Australia, Sheila Newman, author of “Demography, Territory and Law – rules of animal and human populations”, will be along to introduce the film and host a post screening discussion about the issues raised in the film.
The film follows Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover the thorny complexities of the population issue. Beth who comes from a large American family of 12 and has adopted an African-born daughter, travels to Ethiopia to understand the developing world’s crises and solutions. There she meets Zinet, the oldest daughter of a desperately poor family of 12. Emboldened by a radio show that encourages women to think about family planning and to stand up for themselves, Zinet finds the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers by refusing to get married young and going to school.
This story leads viewers to see how the empowerment of women across the world could be a first step toward both limiting population growth and fighting poverty. The film leads to the hopeful conclusion that as conditions for women improve, so will their ability to manage the size of, and provide better lives for, their families.
“Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, does a marvellous job of drawing the not-so-obvious connection between caring for mothers and caring for Mother Earth. It’s a powerful and hopeful message” -Robert J. Walker President – The Population Institute
The documentary talks with a wide array of experts, among them scientists, authors and activists, who speak to overpopulation’s toll on resources, the environment and the lives of those trapped in deplorable conditions. The film includes interviews with Esraa Bani of Population Action International; biologist and author of The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich; founder of population and women’s health nonprofit Venture Strategies, Dr Martha Campbell; founder of the Global Footprint Network, Mathis Wackernagel; and Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute.
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The director, producer and editor of this project is Christophe Fauchere. He has a proven track record of taking on environmental and social issues, finding their links and connecting the dots for the audience. He creates clear and entertaining works that make multifaceted subjects understandable and entertaining.
He is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working in the film and video industry for 15 years. He founded the production company Tiroir A Films in 2001. Some of his documentaries have been broadcast on major television networks in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, and Russia and on cable television in the U.S. Most importantly, Christophe is a concerned world citizen. This is what led him to produce and direct two acclaimed documentaries: Energy Crossroads: A Burning need to Change Course and The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project. These two films were selected at over 16 film festivals on five continents and won praise, as well as three “Best Documentary” awards.
Joyce is the co-producer of the last three Tiroir A Films’ award-winning documentaries: Mother, The Great Squeeze and Energy Crossroads. Joyce’s responsibilities include fundraising, budgeting, researching, organizing shoots, marketing and distribution. Joyce has a degree in marketing. She also has a biology degree and a teaching license. Joyce was also a science teacher and health educator in inner city schools.
When: Tuesday 30th July 2013
Time:7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)
Venue: Bella Union Trades Hall
Address: Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde Carlton
Tickets: $7/$10 +BF Online $12/$15 Door
Buy tickets online: http://www.bellaunion.com.au/ticketing/3742