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Hot Docs Movie Review: A Whole Lott More
by Elisa Birnbaum
on July 02, 2013

Elisa BirnbaumWhen a town’s primary industry faces a downturn, the issue of employment, sustenance, no doubt becomes central to its impassioned conversation. When company employees facing potential layoffs have developmental disabilities, the discussion becomes more heated still. Add some internal politics to the mix and you’ve got the highly acclaimed documentary, A Whole Lott More.

 
Hot Docs: Social Change on Film
Movie Reviews
by Elisa Birnbaum
on June 05, 2012

Elisa BirnbaumSEE Change was at Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival, showcasing acclaimed documentaries from around the world. Two films, in particular, caught our eye. Depicting very different stories of social change, they share a common narrative—entrepreneurs dedicated to empowering those marginalized in society. That each asks us to step into the shoes of others, questioning our deeply entrenched presumptions, makes them even more compelling still.

 
Bonsai People: How microcredit unleashes human potential
Movie Reviews
by Nicole Zummach
on March 06, 2012

When I was approached by filmmaker Holly Mosher to consider reviewing her film about Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, it was a no-brainer. Not only is Yunus the founder of microlending pioneer, the Grameen Bank, he is also a great promoter of the "social business." I was sure I'd learn something from the film (and Yunus). After all, that's what documentaries do...they teach us new things. What I wasn't expecting was to be glued to my seat for two hours, mesmerized by The Bonsai People.

 
Movie Review: Greenwashers
Movie Reviews
by Nicole Zummach
on June 07, 2011

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We all want to "do good by doing right." We don't throw garbage on the ground. We recycle. We buy enviro-friendly cleaning products. We...wait, what's that you say? My bottle of dish soap with the cute little duck on the label isn't saving the world? Doesn't green mean good? Not necessarily, according to the new documentary, Greenwashers.

 
The Simpsons bring microfinance to the mainstream
Movie Reviews
by Nicole Zummach
on December 07, 2010

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For those of us who are in the business of disseminating information, a coup like the one realized a few months ago comes along very rarely. Here we are, heads down, hard at work to bring stories about social enterprise to a broader audience, and out of nowhere, The Simpsons trumps us.

 
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