Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

UN Women USNC L.A. Chapter will be hosting a special screening of Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, a documentary by Holly Mosher about Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’ pioneering work of microcredit and social business.

For more information regarding the film and a chance to watch the teaser trailer follow the link below: http://www.bonsaimovie.com/

The film maker will introduce the film and be available for a Q/A after the film.

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AGENDA:
6:30pm: Sign in + Network
7:00pm: Welcome, introductions, and chapter business
7:15pm: Brief overview of upcoming events.
7:20pm: The Film Maker, Holly Mosher will introduce the film
7:30pm: Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus Film Screening
8:20pm: Discussion and Q/A with the film maker
9:00pm: Wrap

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SYNOPSIS:
Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus is a feature length documentary that follows Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’ pioneering work of microcredit and social business. Bonsai People follows six impoverished rural women through their trials and tribulations with microcredit loans and how they succeed to varying degrees. The film shows how microcredit is really a tool to unleash human potential and empower millions of women. As we follow these women, we also see the other difficulties they face - they not only lack access to financial services, but to so many other services we take for granted. And that is exactly why Yunus says “Whenever I see a problem, I create a company.” He is doing what many say is the government’s job by providing access to healthcare, education, energy, nutrition and even cell phones. Even though he is best know for as the father of microcredit, microcredit is just the tip of the iceberg as we see his vision in action.

FILM MAKER:
Holly Mosher is an award-winning filmmaker who brings socially-conscious films to the public. Holly graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, she spent two years in Brazil working as an assistant picture and sound editor on four feature films, including the Oscar nominated film O Quatrilho.

In 2004, Holly decided to return to her true passion to unite political purpose with art. Her directorial debut was the award-winning Hummingbird, an inspiring documentary about two non-profits in Brazil that work with street children and women who suffer domestic violence.

Afterwards, she produced two films on the pharmaceutical industry: Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, which was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the most important films of 2008. She co-produced Maybe Baby, about single women getting pregnant with medical help.

And then went on to executive produce Vanishing of the Bees, FREE FOR ALL! and Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes. The second film she directed, Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, is currently airing on American Public Television. She also serves as board president of Public Interest Pictures and the Social Enterprise Alliance – LA Chapter.

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*Feel free to bring current event fliers and/or your own brochures to be placed on a table before the meeting for review and exchanges. Please be sure to remove any and all materials before you leave for the evening. Otherwise they will be recycled.

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Special thanks to EarthWE
http://earthwe.com/

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ATTEND THE SCREENING!

All Tickets go towards UN WOMEN:
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

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PARKING:
Plenty of FREE PARKING in the LOT.

TRANSPORT:
We encourage CAR POOLING and PUBLIC TRANSPORT! If you need or can offer a ride please post your location on our event wall!

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FOR MORE INFO/INQUIRIES:
Contact: la@unwomen-usnc.org

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