The Acclaimed Documentary “Misconception” Shows Us The Myths Surrounding Over-Population

June 30, 2017 –If we started thinking about conception as a global responsibility rather than a personal choice, would it change our decisions to have children?

Over-population has been thought of as a problem throughout the last century, but attempts at manipulating population have not always gone well. China instituted a one child policy, which, because of the preference of Chinese families for males over females, has led to a society where not only do males out number females, it has now become difficult for young men to find wives. Bao Jianxin, on the cusp of turning 30, is faced with this dilemma, even as his parents demand he raise a family.

Denise Mountenay, a Christian activist living in Canada feels that her religion demands that she fight against family planning and abortion. She believes “…if poverty’s the problem, then let’s fix that,” but her simplistic views, combined with her aggressive wooing of delegates from the U.N., add up to someone whose viewpoint is religious and narrow.

Gladys Kalibbala, a journalist in Uganda, recognizes that poverty has a genuine effect on the decision of so many parents to give up their children. She uses her platform — the newspaper she writes for — to reunite these families who have been driven apart by poverty, war, circumstance and need.

Hans Rosling, whose views on population growth are used here, believes that women are a great source of population control. As both he and the director, Jessica Yu, seem to believe, the more a woman has access to information, money and birth control, the smaller her family will be.

Stream Misconception on Amazon Video.

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