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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trailer Watch: Oscar Winner Jessica Wu Explores The Issue Of Population Growth Across The World In Her New Doc, 'MISCONCEPTION'

I am just hearing about Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Wu's (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien) new film MISCONCEPTION, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th, and I wanted to share it with you because I love her directorial work on Parenthood (she's directed three episodes of the series).

I actually didn't realize she was an Academy Award winner until I did some research on her after noticing her name in a few articles I've read spotlighting Asian-American filmmakers. She's been in the industry since 1993 and is mostly known for her TV work for series including Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and The West Wing. Having caught the attention of Hollywood bigwigs, Wu is following up her success with a new doc that explores the issue of population growth in and outside of the U.S. More on the film in the synopsis below:

For almost 50 years, the world's population has grown at an alarming rate, raising fears about strains on the Earth's resources. But how true are these claims? Taking cues from statistics guru Hans Rosling, Misconception offers a provocative glimpse at how the world—and women in particular— are tackling a subject at once personal and global. Following three individuals, director Jessica Yu focuses on the human implications of this highly charged political issue, inspiring a fresh look at the consequences of population growth.
What I loved about the trailer, which you can find below, is that it tackles the idea of population moderation from the varied point of views of a 29-year-old man in China looking for a wife amid a dwindling female population, an African journalist who works with abandoned children, and a Canadian pro-life activist--all of whom likely have very unique perspectives on the issue.

Narrated by actress Kyra Sedgwick, MISCONCEPTION will be shown in a number of screenings at Tribeca this month. Check their website for exact listings.

Watch the new trailer:

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