The Kamloops Cycling Coalition is excited to host the inspiring documentary film MOTHERLOAD on Wednesday, March 8th at the TRU Alumni Clocktower Theatre as part of TRU Films For Change community film series.
MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced 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 seemingly endless fight for bodily 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.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:15 pm. Kamloops Cycling Coalition will be moderating a panel discussion after the show with local representatives from business, non-profit, government and research professionals who work to support a more car-free society, and hear about the challenges and opportunities that they face in doing so.
Admission is free but donations are welcome to support the Kamloops Cycling Coalition’s efforts to advocate for safe cycling infrastructure, bike security, and active transportation equity.
Planning to ride your bike to the film? KCC will have secure bike valet service during the film and panel discussion.