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FOR THE NEXT wea ving a world that works. a GENERATIONS 13 Indigenous Grandmothers A PRODUCTION OF THE LAUGHING WILLOW COMPANY, INC. A PROJECT OF THE CENTER FOR SACRED STUDIES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF 13 INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS 7 Narrated by Ashley Judd “An inspiring and moving work that reveals the importance of indigenous knowledge for our own time.” –Daniel Pinchbeck (Author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.) w w w. f o rt h e n e x t 7 g e n e r at i
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  GENERATIONS FOR THE NEXT 7 13 Indigenous Grandmothers  weaving a world that works. a “An inspiring and moving work that reveals the importance of indigenous knowledge for our own time.”  –Daniel Pinchbeck (Author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.) Narrated by Ashley Judd A PRODUCTION OF THE LAUGHING WILLOW COMPANY, INC.A PROJECT OF THE CENTER FOR SACRED STUDIESAND THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF 13 INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS  INTRODUCTION: Thirteen cycles of the moon. Each calendar year, as our small planet revolves around the sun, the moonhas waxed and waned thirteen times since its creation. Now Mother Earth is in grave danger andthirteen indigenous grandmothers have come together to help heal our planet. Powerful healers inforces across the globe, spanning geographic and cultural boundaries, the grandmothers celebrateancient traditions that are ties to the health of the planet and all its inhabitants. With the knowledgethat has been passed down to them, an awareness of acute need to act and the kindness, patience,humor and perseverance that accrue with age, these powerful and remarkable thirteen grandmotherswill pull you into their orbit as they work to renew the Earth. Now, for yourself, your children and thegenerations to follow, share in their life-changing journey. Because it’s that important. And becausewhen grandmothers talk, you should listen. GENERATIONS FOR THE NEXT 7 U.S. DISTRIBUTOR: The Laughing Willow Company Inc, 200 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024, Ph: 212-724-1948/Fax: 212-724-1949 INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: House of Film/Ava B, 4400 Sepulveda Blvd. #301, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403Ph: 818-481-1289, The Laughing Willow Company pg. 2  13 Indigenous Grandmothers, shamans and medicine women from around the world have been called together to share their sacred wisdom and practices.Can they light the way for us to a peaceful and sustainable planet?  SHORT SYNOPSIS: For the Next 7 Generations documents the momentous journey of thirteen Indigenous Grandmothersas they travel around the globe to promote world peace and share their indigenous ways of healing.Originating from all four corners, these wise elders, shamans and medicine women first came togetherin 2004 at an historic gathering in upstate New York. Moved by their concern for our planet, theydecided to form an alliance: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Facing a worldin crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now before it’s too late.Through their teachings, they are lighting a way to a peaceful, sustainable planet. LONG SYNOPSIS: In October 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from around the world –the Amazon, Asia, Africa,Mexico, the Artic Circle, and U.S., gathered at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate NewYork. They did not know one another, but each of them had heard a prophecy that called them forth.The prophecy told them that they must come together at this critical time in history and speak out tothe world in one united voice to share their sacred wisdom. The Grandmothers all agreed that withoutfinding a new way of seeing and being that echoes the ancient and time-proven earth-based traditionsand practices of our indigenous peoples, we will not be able to break away from our destructive habitsand create the changes necessary for our survival.From this common vision, these thirteen Grandmothers decided to form an alliance to share theirindigenous ways of peacemaking and healing with the world. As the International Council of 13Indigenous Grandmothers, they reunite twice a year at each other’s home lands. In the film, For theNext 7 Generations , we accompany the Grandmothers’ early travels to the Pojoaque Pueblo in NewMexico, to the Brazilian Amazon, and to the mountain-top village of Huautla de Jimenez in Mexico. InOctober 2006, they went to Dharamsala, India, the second home of our Tibetan Grandmother TseringDolma Gyaltong, for a private meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. During their time there, theyalso interacted with speakers and attendees at the annual Bioneers Conference in California viasatellite. Spanning the planet, this spacebridge united the powerful prayers of the Grandmothers withthe visionary activism of the Bioneers. pg. 3 GENERATIONS FOR THE NEXT 7  Produced and Directed by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Carole Hart, For the Next 7Generations shows the journey around the world of 13 srcinal and irresistible characters. As they visiteach of their indigenous homelands, we see grandmothers being canoed down the Amazon, or beingdriven in a super-sized tourist bus up narrow mountain roads. When the Grandmothers arrive at theirdestination, they take us inside their villages or pueblos or reservations, so we can witness andexperience the living earth-based traditions and ceremonies that animate the Grandmother’s sacredwisdom.As they’ve come together, the Grandmothers’ prayers and their message have become more powerful,opening up more hearts. The Grandmothers are living examples and strong transmitters of theirmessage of peace, unity and harmony. Their spirit is contagious. Their deep love and understanding of their Mother Earth is inspiring. HOW THE COUNCIL CAME TO BE : The story of how the 13 Grandmothers first came together can be traced back to one Grandmotherand spiritual teacher named Jyoti. For many years, Jyoti had been making relations with indigenouspeoples. She found herself holding a vision of a circle of elder women. Carrying this vision, shetraveled to Africa to meet an African shaman and medicine women named Bernadette Rebienot.While there, Jyoti mentioned her vision to Bernadette and was surprised to hear that Bernadette washaving the same vision. Bernadette told her that they needed to make this a reality. After returning toher home in California, Jyoti and her associate Ann Rosencranz sent out invitations to 16 Indigenouswomen from all around the world to join them in a Gathering. The 13 Grandmothers who respondedhad all received visions or heard in ancestral prophecies that they would be called together at a criticaltime in history when their ancient knowledge was needed for the survival of the next generations. Aama Bombo - Nepalese,Margaret Behan - Cheyenne-Arapaho,Rita Pitka Blumenstein - Yupik, Julieta Casimiro - Mazatec,Flordemayo - Mayan,Maria Alice Campos Freire - Brazil,Tsering Dolma Gyalthong - Tibetan,Beatrice Holy Dance Long-Visitor - Lakota,Rita Holy Dance Long-Visitor - Lakota,Agnes Baker Pilgrim - Takelma Siletz,Mona Polocca - Hopi/Havasupai,Clara Shinobu Iura - Brazil. pg. 4 GENERATIONS FOR THE NEXT 7
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