For Fred, a health worker in Zambia, the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients. For Bharati, a teenager in India, it provides access to education. For Mirriam, a disabled Ghanaian woman, working on bicycles is an escape from the stigma attached to disabled people in her community. For Carlos, a farmer in Guatemala, pedal power is a way to help neighbors reduce their impact on the environment. For Sharkey, a young man in California, the bicycle is an escape from the gangs that consume so many of his peers.
With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of these five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time.
The filmmakers are currently on a grassroots screening tour with World Bicycle Relief aimed at both raising awareness about the bicycle as a vehicle for change, and raising funds to help get bicycles to those who need them the most, both in developing countries and our own communities. Thus far the film has been seen by over 3,000 people at screenings everywhere from Portland, ME to Honolulu, HI.
With My Own Two Wheels was made possible with the generous support of the University of California, Berkeley, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Yardi Systems, EAASY, The Fund for Santa Barbara, Bikes Not Bombs, Project Rwanda and New Belgium Brewing.
The next stop for the film is Boulder, Colorado’s CU Campus, showing at 7pm (100 Atlas Building) tomorrow September 20th and Denver University on Wednesday at 7pm (451 Sturm Hall) followed by a presentation from World Bicycle Relief.
For more information or for a schedule of upcoming screenings visit WithMyOwnTwoWheels.org.