Connect – A Movie Series

August 20, 2012 in news by GLWI

How do we truly connect and form meaningful relationship with our families, our friends, and the earth? What is technology’s role, the media’s role, nature’s role?

Connect – A Movie Series explores these questions through three acclaimed documentaries—Consuming Kids, Mother Nature’s Child and Play Again.

Consuming Kids throws light on the practices of a multi-billion dollar marketing machine that sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation. Consuming Kids pushes back against the commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

Mother Nature’s Child explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Mother Nature’s Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the ‘whole’ child?

Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, neuroscientist Gary Small, and geneticist David Suzuki, Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.

All movies 6:30-8 p.m., including audience discussion; free, donations appreciated.
Consuming Kids, Wed., Sept. 26, Mount Mary College, Helfaer Hall, 2900 North Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee
Mother Nature’s Child, Tues., Oct. 9, Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee
Play Again, Thurs., Nov. 1, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee


Connect – A Movie Series is co-sponsored by Tamarack Waldorf School, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, LifeWays North America, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, and Urban Ecology Center. For more information, visit WaldorfSEWisconsin on Facebook or contact Lori Barian, GLWI, 414-616-1832,