Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival
for a special screening of
A film about the bicycle as a vehicle for change around the world.
Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 PM
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Screening followed by panel discussion with activists and members of the bicycle community, including:
~ Rose Aguilar, “Your Call”, KALW (moderator)
~ Paul Freedman, Founder, Rock the Bike
~ Julian Rhoads, IDEX, San Francisco
~ Maya Carson, Co-Director, Cycles of Change, Oakland
With My Own Two Wheels
Jacob Seigel-Boettner, Isaac Seigel-Boettner, USA, 2011, 44 mins.
For many Americans, the bicycle is a choice. An expensive toy. An eco-conscious mode of transportation. For countless others across the globe, it is much more.
For Fred, a health worker in Zambia, the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients. For Bharati, a teenager in India, it provides access to education. For Mirriam, a disabled Ghanaian woman, working on bicycles is an escape from the stigma attached to disabled people in her community. For Carlos, a farmer in Guatemala, pedal power is a way to help neighbors reduce their impact on the environment. For Sharkey, a young man in California, the bicycle is an escape from the gangs that consume so many of his peers.
With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of these five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time.
Rose Aguilar (panel moderator) is the host of Your Call, a call-in political/social issues radio show on KALW 91.7 FM. It airs from 10-11am. Rose also writes opeds for Al Jazeera English, provides news analysis for KPFK, and reports on undercovered protests for WEAA. She’s the author of “Red Highways: A Journey into the Heartland”.
Maya Carson is the co-founder of Cycles of Change, has been teaching bike mechanics and leading rides for young people from the public schools in Oakland for many years now. Cycles of Change is a collectively run organization and presently Maya is a member of the leadership team.
Paul Freedman is an inventor, designer, rapper, and activist, and the founder of Rock The Bike, a company that develops Pedal Powered activities for events and educators. Prior to starting Rock The Bike, Paul co-founded Worldbike.org, a nonprofit that designs and distributes low-cost cargo bikes in developing countries. Paul led their distribution project in Kisumu, Kenya in 2005-2006, and helped to design the Big Boda, a technology that was recognized in the Smithsonian’s “Design for the Other 90%” exhibition.
Julian Rhoads is an IDEX Board Member and the Executive Assistant to the President of the Asia Foundation. Previously he served as the chair of IDEX’s Young Professional’s Group, made up of passionate individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are dedicated to grassroots poverty alleviation and social justice in the Global South and raising awareness and funds for IDEX partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This event is co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival, The Video Project, the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, and the Green Stacks Program of the San Francisco Public Library.