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Adam's World - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB522488
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Margaret Pettigrew, Signe Johansson, Kathleen Shannon, Rina Fraticelli
Directors:  Donna Read
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Biography, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Social Issues, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1989
Running Time:  19:07

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Intercut with illustrative stock footage, Adam's World present a short lecture by Elizabeth Dodson Gray, a feminist theologian, environmentalist, and futurist. She speaks to us about the severity of our global environmental crisis, and analyzes the root cause of this crisis as lying in the perceptions, beliefs, and assumptions of the patriarchal system we have inherited.

Elizabeth Dodson Gray also offers a feminist perspective on language, and connects the vocabulary of feminized nature to the denigration of women in our culture. Citing such examples as "the exploitation of virgin resources" and "the rape of the earth," she analyzes the role of such language as well as that of male generic language in perpetuating our global crisis. Finally, she calls upon society to nurture the woman's point of view. For it is woman's care-giving capacities, affinity for the long-term future, and awareness of our interconnectedness with all species, that can help build a radically different ethic, and enable planet Earth to survive.

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