You know the "Right to Dry" movement — the crusade to lift clothesline bans and give all Americans the legal right to line-dry their dirty knickers — has reached "big deal" status when a feature-length documentary film is released on the topic.
"Drying For Freedom: A Film about Clotheslines" involves all of the elements of a riveting eco-documentary: dramatic intrigue, unbridled passion, political mudslinging and murder. Yes, murder.
The premise of the film, according to the "Drying For Freedom" website:
"Drying For Freedom" is the inconvenient truth about clotheslines, the 11th hour of our freedom of choice, and it could be the end of the line for our energy love affair. The documentary follows the battle for the right to dry clothes naturally revealing the passions, politics and murders, asking why drying clothes became a life threatening, environmental social catastrophe and questioning the validity of clotheslines being banned in over 50 million homes across Northern America considering 6 percent of the average household energy bill goes on electric clothes drying; translating into $5 billion a year in the U.S. alone.
"The Drying For Freedom" story starts in 1950's post-war America as corporations profited from domestic growth and increased our reliance on labor-saving, energy-consuming white goods. Companies like General Electric spent millions on marketing strategies including television sponsorship and support for public figures like Ronald Regan. Their aim was to ensure we purchased white goods. It worked and now energy, consumerism, profits and property value comes second to our freedom of choice and the environment.
Now, after 60 years of energy consumption we are beginning to understand the impact on the planet. "Drying For Freedom" will explore the story of our domestic energy love affair, the people who are campaigning against it, the rules our society have created to sustain it and the environmental legacy it is leaving. Whether you live in London, Mexico, Shanghai or a small village in Kenya, everyone washes and dry’s clothes. This fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by corporations who are targeting developing nations with marketing strategies to ensure that the clothes drying cycle repeats.
High drama! Check out the trailer for the film, below, and learn more about the pro-clotheslines movement at Project Laundry List. Laundry may seem like a mundane subject for a documentary film (especially if you've never been personally affected by a clothesline ban) but it revolves around one of the more important eco-campaigns out there. You may never look at your dryer the same way again.