MAHB Goes to the Movies

| November 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

MAHB recommends these films for your viewing pleasure.  There are excellent award winning films that are relatively fresh on the scene.  They explore issues that are near to the heart of MAHB.  We suggest that you explore the websites for public viewings of the films, promote the films at your local library/school, or simply order the films for home viewing this holiday season.




MOTHER: Caring for 7 Billion


“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.” –




Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction


“Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it. 

Call of Life tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.” –





 Growth Busters: Hooked on Growth


“From Las Vegas to Atlanta, Mexico City to Mumbai, the White House to the Vatican, GrowthBusters takes us on a whirlwind tour of growth mania. It’s Wild Kingdom with a twist: the cameras are turned on humanity as our own survival skills are examined. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth looks into the psychology of denial and crowd behavior. It explores our obsession with urban and economic growth, and our reluctance to address overpopulation issues head-on. This documentary holds up a mirror, encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind – and the values we need to embrace – so our children can survive and thrive.”


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  • edwardrem08

    Although I very much like the other two, I would like to give a slightly negative review to “Call of life”. Every person concerned with environmentalism is aware, that there is no stronger force than solid education of people – especially young, who will become leaders of the world in the future. This movie is exact opposite of that. Instead on giving general perspective on problems, it makes them seem small and irrelevant. This is very big mistake. I do not say that every eco-document should be grandiose and blown out of proportion, but giving modern issues flavour of real threat would have better educational results, as I believe. Nevertheless, great list. Keep up the great work! 🙂

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