Join the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Piedmont Environmental Council at a FREE community screening of the documentary film MOTHERLOAD. The screening will take place on Saturday, October 19th from 3-5pm at the Vinegar Hill Theatre (220 W Market Street, Charlottesville, VA). This screening is made possible through the Greenways Strengthening Systems grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
Immediately following the film, there will be a Q&A session in the theatre, and cargo bikes will be available to view.
About the film:
MOTHERLOAD is a crowd-sourced documentary in which the cargo bicycle becomes a vehicle for exploring motherhood in this digital age of climate change. The film follows director and new mother Liz Canning on her quest to understand the increasing tension between modern life and our hunter-gatherer DNA, and how cargo bikes offer a solution. As Liz meets the people behind this push to replace cars with purpose-built bikes, she learns about the history and potential future of the bicycle as the “ultimate social revolutionizer.” Conflict arises when characters encounter cultural resistance, in particular bikelash focused on women and mothers. MOTHERLOAD draws connections here to the struggle of cyclist Suffragettes and to women's fight for autonomy. Ultimately, Liz's experiences as a cyclist, as a mother, and in discovering the cargo bike world, teach her that sustainability is not necessarily about compromise and sacrifice, and that there are few things more empowering in an age of consumption than the ability to create everything from what seems to be nothing.
* Funded by a grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, this screening is intended to introduce the community to the many different types of bicycles that can facilitate a variety of individuals with diverse needs to incorporate healthy, sustainable transportation into their lives. The views and opinions expressed in this film are those of the director and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. The screening of this film does not constitute or imply the endorsement or recommendation of any of the views or opinions expressed in the film.
** This film contains some profanity.