If current world population trends were to continue, human numbers could more than double, hitting 13 billion sometime in the 22nd century. A population explosion of such magnitude would be ecologically disastrous.
“No Vacancy” is that rare chronicle of sobering optimism in a world more accustomed to thinking about population as a dilemma with little hope of positive reversal. Family planning professional Bob Gillespie journeys the world in search of answers, providing an extraordinary window on those remarkable changes occurring in country after country; new currents that have resulted in smaller family sizes, and the empowerment of women and children.
From Iran, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, to countries across Western Europe, as well as the U.S., India, China and Indonesia, “No Vacancy” paints an emotional, at times provocative, portrait of a global transformation, a fertility transition that may well prove to be one of the most important ingredients in humanity’s survival, and the survival of the earth.“No Vacancy” was made with principal funding from the Fred H. Bixby Foundation. A book version by the same time, edited by Michael Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison, Bob Gillespie and Elizabeth Hughes, is forthcoming from Hope Publishing in the spring of 2006.
“No Vacancy” won the Environmental Sustainability Award at the EarthVision 2005 International Film & Video Festival in Santa Cruz, California. It has been submitted to the Sundance Film Festival and accepted into the Anchorage International Film Festival. It’s world premier took place at the Bay Street Film Festival in Canada.
“No Vacancy” was screened
for friends and colleagues of the filmmakers at Loyola Marymount
University, Pasadena Art Center, the Population Council
(New York) and the Goethe Institute (DC).