Film Reviews Double Bill: With My Own Two Wheels & Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000
A review of the films, 'With My Own Two Wheels,' and 'Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000,' which will be shown in a special double bill at this year's Projecting Change festival on Sunday, May 29, 2011.
On Sunday afternoon the audience will be treated to a double bill with 'My Own Two Wheels' and Marion Stoddart's story 'The Work of 1000.'
My Own Two Wheels is all about how the common bicycle can change a person's life. The filmmakers follow five people to whom the bicycle is critically important. Fred is a health care worker in Chongwe, Zambia.You can think of him as something like a paramedic, only with a bicycle instead of an ambulance. Don't feel bad; he used to have to walk to get to his patients. Having a bicycle means that he can help twice as many patients as he used to.
In Sone Sangvi, India, having a bicycle is the key to having access to an education for a young woman by the name of Bharati.
Having an education will open up a future for her that her own mother could never have dreamed of only a few years ago. Mirriam is disabled in Koforidua, Ghana. Because she is an excellent bicycle mechanic, she has found a job and overcome a nasty stigma in her home town.
Carlos shows other farmers how pedal power can help them all in San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala where the air quality is so bad that many farmers cannot work in the fields past 9am.
Here in America the bicycle represents a way out for Sharkey in Santa Barbara, California so he can avoid the gangs that have transformed his city. These five stories come together to show us the power of the bicycle and what it means to all of us.
'Work of 1000' comes from an old radio program that states that one person really can do the work of 1000 people if they simply refuse to give up.
This film tells us the story of Marion Stoddart, a smart young woman caught in the seemingly dull life of a suburban housewife in the 1960s.
Marian broke the mold on what was expected of women in that time by taking on government and big business over their pollution of the Nashua River, which was considered to be one of the 10 worst rivers in the U.S.A. This inspirational story shows what is possible to accomplish by even 'ordinary' people if they only never give up.
Details of the films on the Projecting Change site.