Voices: Mother, Caring Our Way Out of the Population Dilemma
USA, 2010, 75 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Womens Issues
With director Christophe Fauchere and producer Joyce Johnson in-person.
Mother breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian, and social crises - population growth.
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.
In the film, we follow Beth, an American mother, theater professor and children-rights activist, as she helps the audience navigate the thorny complexities of the population issue. Beth, who comes from a Catholic 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.
DIRECTOR: Christophe Fauchere