The Films of Barbara Pyle

Produced by Barbara Pyle and filmed all over the world, in many cases, the cinematography is breathtaking. The stories are compelling and filled with hope. Together, these thirteen films have have won thirty seven awards.

For more in-depth descriptions of each film, click on the photograph to the left of the description

ONE CHILD ONE VOICE - 2002
A stunningly avant-garde and moving film featuring five children from  five continents talking about their wishes for the future. Take a  surreal roller coaster ride  through an antique amusement park, while a fortune teller gives chilling predictions for the planet and a barker calls for gluttony. ONE CHILD “ ONE VOICE gives viewers in well over a hundred countries a chance to  make their voices heard in support of the World Summit through the TREE  OF LIFE campaign. For the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the children in the film inspired over a million people to create “leaf postcards”  which  hung from an enormous Tree of Life--that reminded delegates to  represent them well. In response to the new version, created especially for the 2002 World Summit, countless leaves have already arrived in  Johannesburg
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WITHOUT BORDERS - 1989
A visually compelling journey down five of the world’s greatest  rivers: the Ganges, Nile, Zambezi, Amazon and Mississippi. This film is  seen through the eyes of the people who are either trying to save these  great rivers or live with their destruction. These mighty rivers are a  metaphor for how the our planet is interconnected in ways that is truly  without borders.
Original score by Pat Irwin of the B52’s

THE DAY OF FIVE BILLION - 1988
Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, the Neville Brothers Allen  Toussaint, Dr. John, Clarence Clemons, Nona Hendryx and Crowded House  are a few of the many who rocked the house in this worldwide birthday  party celebrating the birth of five billionth person on earth. Also at  the party were many world leaders lending their  voices to this momentous celebration.

STRUGGLING PEOPLE - 1987
Cinematically stunning, this film, is the true story of a leader of the liberation  struggle who changed her corner of the world when she is given the  opportunity to leave her small cooperative and learn new skills, only to return and transform her entire village. The film is truly a metaphor  for  all African women trying to survive the struggles of too many children  and too few resources.

OUR FINITE WORLD: INDIA - 1985
A paradox: one of the world’s oldest civilizations and at the same time  an infant nation struggling to realize its potential. This film,  narrated by Ben Kingsley, takes you on a breathtaking journey throughout India’s beauty and  highlights her people’s innovative ingenuity in solving the problems  faced by the entire world.

POPULATION: PLANNING THE GLOBAL FAMILY - 1984
The United States shocked the world when it reversed its population  position during the 1984 United Nations Population Conference. Two weeks of talks and controversy is what you see in this insider’s view of  how political infighting can cloud the clearest of issues regarding  global policy.

THE WORLD AFTER NUCLEAR WAR - 1984
An actual nuclear explosion and its devastating after effects are explored by Georgi Arbotov and other Russian and US scientists in this chilling  film narrated by Carl Sagen.

OUR FINITE WORLD: MEXICO - 1984
The most beneficial film ever made about his country”, is how Mexican  President Miguel de la Madrid described this film. From North to South  the beauty of Mexico’s landscapes are only rivaled by her people Get a  first hand look at the struggle and efforts of the people who are  joining together to build a modern Mexico.

OUR FINITE WORLD: REACHING THE OUTER LIMITS - 1983
For many “sustainable development” is an oxymoron. Susan Sarandon narrates  this worldwide journey through China, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,  Indonesia, Thailand, Tunisia, Egypt, Kenya and the United States and  shows us what it really means to ease the burden on our finite planet.

A FINITE WORLD: SRI LANKA - 1983
Ceylon, the country of tea plantations, the teardrop of India, this film shows how today’s Sri Lanka has moved from 18th century colonialism to 20th century innovation.

A FINITE WORLD: THAILAND - 1983
A condom as a calling card? Condom blowing contests? A free pig in  exchange for a vasectomy? Meet Mechai Viravaidya,, the “King of  Condoms” and the man responsible for these unorthodox antics which have brought great results in the arena of tackling Thailand’s issues with  population growth.

A FINITE WORLD: CHINA - 1982
Who says there’s no such thing as a  doctor who makes house calls? Take a look at China’s “barefoot doctors”  as they go door-to-door in their campaign to promote contraception and  support the country’s “one couple, one child” policy.

A FINITE WORLD: GLOBAL POPULATION PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS - 1981
A fascinating insight into the many original approaches to promote family planning, this journey around the  world to Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh,  Sri Lanka, Kenya, Egypt and Tunisia, demonstrates how nations are coping with exponential population growth."