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March 12, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 12, 2012 - As part of its Women's History Month special programming, Milwaukee Public Television is airing BONSAI PEOPLE - THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS on MPTV WORLD 10.2. The first broadcast is scheduled on March 14th at 8:00 a.m., with re-broadcasts at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. BONSAI PEOPLE - THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS is produced by Milwaukee native filmmaker Holly Mosher and MPTV WORLD 10.2 is the only station airing it in southeastern Wisconsin.

BONSAI PEOPLE is a feature length documentary film that explores the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and his extraordinary humanitarian work, which started when he simply lent $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket. As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people - mainly women - with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families. Now, Yunus goes beyond microcredit to pioneer the idea of social business - a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems from poverty and pollution to inadequate health care and lack of education.

The film's director, Holly Mosher, grew up in Milwaukee. Mosher is an award-winning filmmaker who brings socially conscious films to the public. BONSAI PEOPLE is Mosher's second directorial project, and the documentary won the Audience Award for Best Film at the UNA-USA GLOBAL WAKE-UP Film Festival and was voted one of the Top 5 Transformational Films of 2011 by the Aware Guide.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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