BONSAI PEOPLE - THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS
What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus’ extraordinary humanitarian work, which started by lending $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket and has now grown to helping 1 out of every 1,000 people on earth. But he didn’t stop there - whenever he sees a problem he starts a business, creating a mix between business and social work, which he’s coined “social business.” By tackling some of the world’s most vexing problems from healthcare, education to alternative energy, he is demonstrating to the world that complex problems sometimes do have simple answers. Microcredit is just the tip of the iceberg!
PAY 2 PLAY
In January 2010, the Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC declared that corporations could spend unlimited amounts to affect our elections. But even before then, politicians have been listening to their donors, not the voters. PAY 2 PLAY takes a look at the obstacles in running for office by creatively wrapping the experience around a board game parallel, with compelling insight into both the corruption that flourishes under our current campaign process, as well as exposing revelations about Citizens United. The film explores an array of campaign reform opportunities, proven legislation, and movements underway to reclaim America's democracy. (COMING IN 2013)
VANISHING OF THE BEES
Vanishing of the Bees, a feature-length documentary narrated by Ellen Page (Juno), takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and spiritual implications of the world wide disappearance of the honeybee, a potential ecological apocalypse that could topple our food chain and forever devastate our way of life.
Winner Best Documentary Idyllwild Film Festival 2011
In the beautiful coastal city of Recife, Brazil - a world capital for sex tourism - a couple of determined women decided they would try to break the cycle of domestic violence and get kids off the streets. Hummingbird goes onto the streets and sees the harsh reality these kids face and shows how these programs help break the cycle, using what they call the pedagogy of affection.
The film follows the story of Adriana, a girl who left home at the age of six and had a daughter at age 11. After seeing the cycle that leads kids to the street, these women began addressing family issues at the root of the problem and working with both the mind and body to overcome their trauma.
Maybe Baby is an intimate, provocative documentary that takes a new look at the emotional and physiological journeys of 6 women in their '30s and '40s as they pursue pregnancy through the world of Assisted Reproductive Technology, a multi-billion dollar industry on the cutting edge of medicine and science.
MONEY TALKS: PROFITS BEFORE PATIENT SAFETY
Money Talks is a straight shooting documentary exploring drug industry influence through interviews with key opinion leaders. It’s a 50 minute education on the problems behind the pharmaceutical industry today.
"SHOULD BE REQUIRED"
- Meghann Matwichuk, ALA Round Table Committee
*Recognized by the ALA's Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
A Smart and Sexy Comedy! Karly Hert (Katherine Heigl) has spent the last ten years selling drugs...legally, that is. She works for one of corporate America`s darlings, the pharmaceutical industry. Karly has it all - a big salary, a company car, a closet full of hot business suits and a growing pit in her stomach... Everything changes when she meets sexy Zach Danner (Lucian McAfee), a down-to-earth guy. Sparks fly!
As their relationship heats up, he encourages Karly to walk her talk and leave her empty job. Karly devises a plan to get out - she begins being brutally honest with physicians about her drugs` "benefits." Ironically, her sales go through the roof and she is once again wooed by the seductive golden handcuffs. Somehow leaving is never quite as easy as it seems... Side Effects starring Katherine Heigl is the perfect prescription for a new comedy.
FREE FOR ALL!
Free for All! follows filmmaker John Ennis' journey to find out if the process for electing our leaders was secure after what he felt was the disastrous election of 2008. What he found throughout his investigative journey around pivotal swing state Ohio was a systematic breakdown in the electoral process.
"ENGROSSING, EVEN ENRAGING" - Roger Ebert - 3 stars
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