Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the...
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Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. 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. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother, a child-rights activist and the last sibling of a large American family of twelve, as she discovers the thorny complexities of the population dilemma and highlights a different path to solve it.Written by
This film examines world population that has grown much too fast in recent years; it adequately warns us of the very serious impacts that will result from this growth; and unwinds the mystery of the population taboo that has kept the subject under wraps for a least a couple of decades.
The film interviews some of the early population activists and shows how the opinion of these activists has changed, in the 40 years - since the first Earth Day in 1970 - from the idea of 'population control' to a more gentle but effective solution: women's empowerment, voluntary family planning, and women's control over their reproductive function.
The film gives a powerful message that says, when women are informed about the freedom of choice that is given by modern birth control, they usually choose to have smaller families - if they have access to birth control - for the health and well-being of all family members. It tells us that 'population control' is not at all necessary, and leaves us with the idea that the population taboo, if everyone watches this film, will be lifted.
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