“One must not tie a ship to a single anchor, nor life to a single hope.”
Whatever Floats Your Boat… Perspectives on Motherhood documentary
To be or not to be…a mom? That is the question of the weekend as a group of women set sail on a houseboat. The mother of all topics comes to the surface with courage and candour in this personal exploration about the choices and responsibilities associated with the motherhood decision.
This PGP film was produced in 2005 with the support of the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker Assistance Program.
The documentary was co-created by Maryanne Pope and Shannon Lyons; produced, directed and edited by Heather McCrae; videography by Jill Roberts. “Ordinary Day” performed by Great Big Sea, Courtesy of Warner Music Canada Co. Background vocals by Liese McClaren.
Running time: 53 minutes.
Whatever Floats Your Boat can now be viewed here:
Here is an added feature of a 20-minute facilitated discussion:
Here are some suggested discussion questions.
An educational resource kit is also available for academic use.
For further information on the film, please visit the WFYB subsite.
Please click here to read some sample viewer comments…and we’d love to hear your feedback 🙂
PGP’s community partner on this project was Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, an organization tackling childhood hunger one lunch at a time. Since Sept 2011 alone, they’ve made 140,000 lunches for kids in Calgary who would otherwise go without!
Interested in hearing more about mother-related topics?
In May 2015, we launched a Mothering Matters blog series that covers a wide range of topics from the decision of whether or not to have children, to adoption, to the concept of mothering in the broader global/community perspective, to the challenges of raising children in today’s world, to infertility, to dealing with our own aging mothers…and everything in between!
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“It takes a village – a whole, eco-soul-centred human community – to raise a child well, but it also takes a whole village to produce a parent capable of raising a child well.” – Bill Plotkin, Nature and the Human Soul; Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
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