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Mother, The Film

Postby beforewisdom » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:08 pm

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Mother: The Film

Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.

Population was once at the top of the international agenda, dominating the first Earth Day and the subject of best-selling books like “The Population Bomb”. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic–religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. Yet it is an issue we cannot afford to ignore.

Today, nearly 1 billion people still suffer from chronic hunger even though the Green Revolution that has fed billions will soon come to an end due to the diminishing availability of its main ingredients–oil and water. Compounded with our ravenous appetite for natural resources, population growth is putting an unprecedented burden on the life system we all depend on, as we refuse to face the fact that more people equals more problems.

The film illustrates both the overconsumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover, along with the audience, 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 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.

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. And the first step is to raise the status of women worldwide.

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Re: Mother, The Film

Postby loveliberate » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:11 am

Looks interesting - thanks for posting this.
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Re: Mother, The Film

Postby JP » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:18 pm

i dont like talking about hunger when talking about overpopulation since the two are quite unrelated - plenty or resources in the world, just distributed very unevenly, and there would be hunger no matter what the population levels were with the current economic system.

but otherwise interesting blurb :)
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Re: Mother, The Film

Postby beforewisdom » Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:15 pm

The quote about the movie came from a very old organization that monitors and educates about population issues. According to the quote hunger will be an issue and one exacerbated by population since oil is running out and oil is used to make artificial fertilizers which make the amounts of food we now have possible.

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