Footprint: Population, Consumption and Sustainability

A film by Valentina Canavesio

2016 | 82 minutes | Color | DVD | English, Swahili, Urdu, Tagalog, Spanish | Subtitled | Order No. 171197

SYNOPSIS

FOOTPRINT takes a dizzying spin around the globe, witnessing population explosions, overconsumption, limited resources, and expert testimony as to what a world straining at its limits can sustain. We spend time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people in the Philippines, Mexico, Pakistan and Kenya, women who all challenge the idea that our world can continue to support the weight of humanity’s footprint on it. FOOTPRINT offers unprecedented access to the people on the ground who are all in their unique way challenging the status quo and making us rethink what’s really at stake. There are surprising revelations on who are the players standing in the way of solutions and those pushing for it, without losing sight of the array of possible solutions that open up when we take the time to ask this critical question of how many of us there are in the world and what the Earth can sustain if we are to all live a dignified life.

PRESS

"Using a necessary global perspective, Footprint informs viewers that the solutions to overpopulation problems will require everyday people to resist religious patriarchy and consumerism—or we all risk losing the resources we need to survive."

Elizabeth King Bitch Media

"Canavesio's exceptional documentary offers a comprehensive profile of a planet stretched beyond its limits."

Stefanie Spear EcoWatch

"An informative treatment of a global problem that demands urgent action"

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SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Cleveland Intl Film Festival
  • Global Health Film Festival
  • CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival
  • Orlando Global Peace Festival
  • South Africa Eco Fest

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Valentina Canavesio

Valentina Canavesio is a documentary film and television producer whose debut feature, Footprint, premiered at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2016. Her feature work also includes producing These Birds Walk (2013), My Italian Secret (2014), One Day On Earth (2011) and Welcome to Detroit (2010). Between them, the films have premiered and screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, and the United Nations.

Her television work includes having produced the highest rated specials of Italian Public television’s longest running show, Linea Verde. Most recently, she helped produce two North American pilot shows: hidden stories behind the food we eat with Mark Bittman as the host, and an investigative news magazine on MSNBC for social and environmental issues.

Her passion for social justice issues has led her around the world for various NGOs and the UN producing short-form content in places such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and the Philippines, often as a one-woman crew. From this work, her film Biblioburro, shot in Colombia, aired repeatedly on PBS and was selected as one of the audience’s favorite stories of the year. The film was later turned into a children’s book that has been translated into five languages.

Valentina holds a BA with honors from the University of Southern California and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Sciences-Po University in Paris. She was selected as one of the up-and-coming filmmakers of 2010 for the Berlinale Talent Campus. (2/17)

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