What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? BONSAI PEOPLE: THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS is an emotionally compelling look at how Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing just that.
Yunus — one of only seven people in the world to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal — pioneered the innovative banking program known as microcredit. The program, which provides poor people with small loans that they can use to launch businesses, has since spread to every continent and has benefited over 100 million families.
Yunus has now turned his attention to the idea of social business, a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems.
BONSAI PEOPLE examines how he — in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary businesses — is launching purposely designed social ventures. From collaborating with Danone to produce affordable, nutritious yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh, to building eye care hospitals that will save hundreds of thousands of poor people from blindness, the film offers a powerful look into this visionary's vitally important work.
Shot on location in Bangladesh.
“Packed with details that somehow don’t weigh it down, this is a hopeful film – about the power of honest work to confer dignity as well as put food on the table, about how the seed of an idea can take root and grow.”
- Los Angeles Times
“Possesses a quiet beauty that mirrors her subject’s lives.”
“Spectacular… Bonsai People is an incredibly informative documentary that’s easy to follow and contains genuinely interesting subject matter. It’s also very compelling an inspiring and forces you to really look at our growing economic problems.”
- Union Weekly
“A moving tribute to a true visionary with a viable plan to alleviate suffering.”
- The News Blaze
“Hopeful and inspiring, this is highly recommended.”
- Video Librarian
Produced and directed by Holly Mosher.