Venture Richmond, 17th Street Market, and Journeyman’s Adventure are hosting a FREE outdoor screening of “MOTHERLOAD”! The film takes a long look at the role that the cargo bike plays in one person’s and could play in all our lives in the future.
Bike-in to the 17th Street Market for a special screening of the “MOTHERLOAD” documentary on Thursday, October 17. Cargo bike demos at 6 PM, screening starts at 7 PM.
Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP and reserve your ticket.
About the ﬁlm:
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.