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MOTHERLOAD at SF DOCfest*
Sunday, June 9, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
MOTHERLOAD is a feature documentary made by Liz Canning and 100+ crowdsourced co-directors. Synopsis: On her quest for a deeper connection in an increasingly isolated and digital world, director Liz Canning found an answer in cargo bikes. MOTHERLOAD shares this experience while exploring sustainability, consumption, and how something as simple as a bike can reshape ideas about transportation and freedom.
Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying passengers. Liz set out to learn more, and MOTHERLOAD was born.
MOTHERLOAD looks at the origins of the bicycle, its rise to popularity and profound impact—particularly on the lives of women. With indisputable joy, Canning approaches her newfound passion as a former competitive cyclist, a feminist, and a mother, stressing how empowering becoming a part of the global movement to replace cars with bikes can be. The result is a fascinating and personal look at the conflict between the accelerating pace of modern life and the human need for connection to our bodies, communities and the natural world.
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