This year marks the 100 year anniversary for the celebration of Mother’s Day in the U.S. For the past three years, two local filmmakers have traveled the globe, compiling the perspectives of experts and mothers into a special Mother’s Day DVD.
To go beyond the usual flowers and chocolates, local filmmakers Shelly Locke and Barry McLerran have set out to honor mothers in their new DVD entitled “The Power of Mothers.” Together they scoured the globe to gather wisdom and insights from world leaders and mothers themselves.
“Very often my opportunities to speak are to policy makers,” said Locke. “So beyond helping mothers recognize their own profound value through this film, our hope is that we can influence policy makers that we have the opportunity to be in front of.”
Shelly Locke is the executive producer as well as an international speaker on motherhood.
In this warm, heartfelt, international documentary tribute to motherhood, viewers will hear words of wisdom from such world leaders as Julie B. Beck, former president of the women’s organization for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dr. Alan Keyes, former Assistant to the Secretary of State, and Dr. Janice Shaw of the organization “Concerned Women for America.”
Locke said she feels honored to have the opportunity to contribute something unique for mothers this Mother’s Day.
"It is a holiday designed to honor mothers and motherhood, as well as the priceless role mothers play in societies in which they live. Most countries have some kind of observance for Mother’s Day. It’s a beautiful thing. So the most important thing you can do is to take the time to express some form of gratitude," said Locke.
The DVD was released to the public on April 28 and is available at the Deseret Bookstore and on Amazon.com.