FMTV - Mother - Caring for 7 Billion

Mother - Caring for 7 Billion

Runtime: 69m 15s | Release date: 2011

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is an award-winning film that exposes the critical challenges we face in a world of 7 billion. It tells the story of Beth, an American mother and child's right activist, and her journey to understand the impact of overpopulation on children and families around the world.

Beth travels to Ethiopia and meets a young woman, Zinet, living in extreme poverty who, against all odds, found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old cultural barriers by refusing to get married young and fighting to attend school.

By featuring world-renowned experts, Mother shows how this pivotal issue intersects with gender equity, religion, reproductive health, economic inequality and the environment. Mother is fundamentally a film of hope and shows the strength of the human spirit to make a better world.

John Feeney
Rev. Peter Sawtell
Dr. Paul Ehrlich
William Ryerson
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel
Dr. Lyuba Zarsky
Dr. Lester Brown
Esraa Bani
Dr. Albert Bartlett
Robert Walker​​
Beth Osnes
Brian Dixon
Dr. Martha Campbell
Dr. Negussie Teffera
Zinet Mohammed
Katie Elmore
Laura Scott
Riane Eisler
Dr. Aminata Toure
Susan Davis


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Gayle Wendel | 1 year ago
Wonderful film! So good to see these critical issues being addressed. We are all amazing!
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 year ago
Indeed, Gayle! Glad to hear you loved the film! ♥ Iris
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Marco Fernandez | 2 years, 3 months ago
Hi. i don't understand how the Now Playing thing works. Do the docs in this section only play for a while? Are they not available to us anytime we want? And what with the Starting Soon ones? How come it is not available straight away and at any time? I don't understand how these two things work.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 3 months ago
Hi Marco, I'm sorry for the confusion. As a member of FMTV, you do have unlimited access to all of our amazing content inside FMTV, that's over 900+ videos. The 'Now Playing' category in FMTV only features films at random, followed by the next featured video, which you will find on the 'Starting Soon' section right below the video player. However, you do have the option to select any film that you wish to watch anytime and as often as you like. Just feel free to browse through our selection of documentaries here: Should you need further assistance in navigating FMTV, please feel free to connect with us instantly here: - we are here for you 24/7! :) ~ Iris
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Claire Winzar | 2 years, 7 months ago
Its a great doc. I like that it encourages birth control for women, and education, for the aims of marrying later, and having a healthy family, if they want to. The next stage is the birth control, responsibility. This films mentions patriarchal structures and then goes on to advocate female birth control Whilst the risk/benefit ratio may stack in the favour of birth control for girls and women to looking for an autonomous future, it does bring with it side effects including nutritional deficiencies and raising the risk of some cancers and mood disturbance. 'the pill' itself is part of the patriarchal structure. How about while birth control is rolled out to women in developing countries, the men of the 'developed' nations take the lead for birth control? Yes we need to chip away but if the film is to focus so rightly on gender, then let's have a follow up movie about birth control gender differences.
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AnneMarie Krupa | 3 years, 5 months ago
What a wonderful way to look at one of the world's crisis. I loved the analogy of the ponzi scheme.
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Colleen Belliveau | 4 years ago
This was a very informative film for me. I thought I knew quite a bit about this subject matter already, but was surprised at how much I did not know. So glad I chose this to watch. Thank you to FMTV for having such a selection of informative films.
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Tammy | 4 years, 4 months ago
I never thought of growth as a ponzi scheme. It's true. Developers pay DC's that is supposed to cover growth costs for sewers, water, municipal services in general. They even pay DC's regionally, but local planning falls short because the trickle down effect isn't working. States/Provinces don't give the right formulas for how that intensified growth effects the services developed nations view as a right.I have always said municipalities are addicted to growth to just break even.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 4 years, 4 months ago
We appreciate you sharing your thoughts and ideas Tammy :)
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PAUL Boehme | 4 years, 5 months ago
The Milky Way should be viwed by every expecting mother & father.
Can I get copies to gve out to paediatric clinics, Planned Parenthood, etc.? The U.S.A. needs to be aware of these truths.
Baby formula companies need to explain why they are knowingly violating World Health Organization guidelines.