For the Next Seven Generations
Like the healing medicines prepared by the grandmothers in this film, Carol Hart’s documentary is a salve, infused with prayer and purpose for a wounded planet. For The Next Seven Generations documents the formation of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a group of indigenous spiritual elders and healers from around the world. Since we learned about this incredible group of women, World Pulse has closely followed the grandmothers' inspiring work to pass on traditional knowledge and restore balance and harmony to the Earth.
The documentary captures the Grandmothers as they take turns visiting each other’s homelands, each sharing her traditions and her local version of their joint global prayer. Scenes of lighthearted banter between the grandmothers and the Dalai Lama; the painted red toenails of Gabonese grandmother Bernadette Rebienot peeking out under a ceremonial herbal treatment; and the non-stop laughter of Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein of Alaska reveal a sense of palpable spirituality and delightful possibility. Like the grandmothers themselves, For the Next Seven Generations looks lovingly and prayerfully inward to the heart of some of the world’s most challenging problems.