Directed and Produced by Holly Mosher
Edited by Natasha Uppal
Additional Editing – Vivian Umino, Kristin Tieche
Co-Producers – Branislav Gjorcevski and Feather Goodwin
Associate Producers – Sarah Zerina Usman, Marc Henness, George and Julie Mosher, Robert Mosher
Translated by S.M. Younus Iqbal
Cinematography by Holly Mosher
Additional Camera – Rashed Zaman, Mozammel Hoque, Sarah Zerina Usman , Saj Sasidharan
Sound Mix by Lisle Engle
Music by Bappi Rahman & Khayem Ahmed
Sitar – Firoz
Violin – Salim
Flute – Kamrul
Tabla – Biswajit
Percussion – Chandan & Tanpura Rezaul
Writing- Lisa Gold
Fundraising & Strategy Team – Debbie Vandermeulen, Earl Katz, Ellen Miller, Emily Meyers, Jonathan Skurnik, Marisa Murgatroyd, Meaningful Media, Sharon London, Stephanie Bleyer
Colorist – Brodie Alexander
Editing Assistance – Alan Bills, Asterios Kokkinos, John Ford, John Wellington Ennis
Legal Team – Dan Kattman, Jessica King, Michael Smith
Screeners – Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, Gabriel Diamond, George Langworthy, Greg Reitman, Joanna Friedman, Judy Branfman, Libby McInerny, Neerad Reddy, Norah Edelstein, Patricia Foulkrod, Sam Deghani, Sofia Balme, Sylvie Rokab
Special thanks to all those who appear in, but not limited to:
Anarkuli & Amir Hossain, Aroti & Surinder, Ayesha,
Melancho & Md. Helal Uddin, Shahnaj & Samsul Hoque,
Surjobano, Sumon, Kolpona, Firuza, Amena, Azila, Kodbanu,
Suma Rani and their families…
Contact any members of Team Bonsai via Holly Mosher • 310-902-8303 • firstname.lastname@example.org
When I read that Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize, I knew I had another film to make because I have always been committed to telling stories about people who are making a difference. And here was one man who has gone from helping 42 women with $27 dollars to currently helping 8 million.
When I first arrived at the Grameen Bank I happened to get off on Muhammad Yunus’ floor. I was shocked when as I stepped off the elevator, he actually approached me and said, “Hi, what’s your name and where are you from?” To be clear, I did not have a meeting set up with him, he is just genuinely that friendly and available, unheard of for a man who is the CEO of over 20 companies.
Like most, when I arrived, I had only heard news of the Grameen Bank, but as I researched and looked into all they were doing, I was blown away. Here is a man who has taken the simplest of ideas and turned them into solving the world’s biggest problems that most people find insurmountable. After having made two films on the drug companies, I was especially interested to hear how he was tackling the problem of getting healthcare to the poor. He has opened over 40 clinics (many with onsite labs and pharmacies) and even provides health insurance plans for $1 for a family of seven per month.
So I realized that I had a much bigger story to tell than just looking at microcredit. And I ended up spending over two years gathering as much information and footage on his different programs. I chose the companies that I thought had the most to teach the world.
Bonsai People will be an expansive story of truly celebrating the simple solutions that Muhammad Yunus has created and found so effective.
Join me in bringing his work to the big screen and join us in creating the social business movement. After seeing his work first hand, I know this new version of of capitalism can create a truly sustainable future.
Holly Mosher is an award winning filmmaker. After graduating with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she produced several commercials and feature films, including Lady in the Box and Reeseville.
Following her calling to work on projects which help bring about positive change, she set out making, Hummingbird. Holly’s documentary explores two non-profits in Brazil who work with street children and women suffering domestic violence. We see their lives beautifully transform and break the cycle of violence.
As producer of the critically acclaimed Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and Money Talks, Holly helped expose the corruption of drug companes. Additionally, she co-produced Maybe Baby, about single women trying to have children. She also executive produced the political film Free For All! and the environmental documentary Vanishing of the Bees.
The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the top up-and-coming independent film producers.
Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus is her current passion project.
For info on the filmmaker go to filmmakerforchange.com
“I’m committed to telling stories about people who are making a difference.” – Holly Mosher
Also Directed by Holly Mosher
And Produced by Holly Mosher
Vanishing of the Bees
Free For All