FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "The reason I decided to make my documentary was because awhile ago, my mom and I were down in California, and we saw all these exhibits about plastic pollution and how it affects the marine environment. WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, directed by acclaimed writer and Oscar® nominated director David France, shadows a... © 2020 International Documentary Association. United Nations - Plastic - both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet. About the Award-Winning Documentary A Plastic Ocean We Support the Message of this Award-Winning Film and Also Utilize it as Part of Our Education Program. Sky documentary reveals how Nile has reached a … (The answer, according to biological scientist Frederick vom Saal, is that it’s enough for him to produce an abnormal baby.). 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Written and directed by Werner Boote Films and Videos about Plastic Pollution & Plastic-Free Living. And while visiting the production line of a company that makes biodegradable plastic, he rubs a handful of the bioplastic pellets all over his face to show his delight at how natural they feel and smell. Tackles Plastic Pollution, Oil-backed trade group is lobbying the Trump administration to push plastics across Africa, One Word—Plastics: Why the World Will be Slow to Abandon Natural Gas, Solving the plastic problem: from cradle to grave, to reincarnation, Graphic Novel Review: 10 Billion is a sci-fi tale of astonishing scope and visual imagination, Review: The Crash of Flight 3804 by Charlotte Dennett, Review: The Disappearing Shore by Roberta Park. Prior to 2018, China received ten million tons of plastic waste every year from developed countries around the world. Glass, Metal, Plastic: The Story of New York’s Canners Explore a day in the life of two entrepreneurs who… Phthalates are just as ubiquitous as bisphenol A and are especially apparent in that film that coats the inside of a car windshield on a hot day, says vom Saal. Produced by Thomas Bogner and Daniel Zuta Of all the documentaries that have been made about the dangers of plastic, the one that has stuck with me the most is Plastic Planet. Boote’s antics provide just the comic relief this film needs. Frank Kaminski is an ardent reader and reviewer of books related to natural resource depletion, climate change and other issues affecting the fate of industrial civilization. Educational Films. As one would expect, they display exactly the same sort of awe over their product as Boote does in that hot rod cockpit. Over time, one man prospers through the exploitation of others, shining a light on the realities of global consumer capitalism. A Plastic Ocean 2016 TV-14 1h 40m Documentary Films When he discovers the world's oceans brimming with plastic waste, a documentary filmmaker investigates the pollution's … Later, while visiting a landfill in the Indian city of Kolkata, he sifts through trash with a ragpicker and tastes a piece of salvaged plastic. More people need to know the weighty impacts humans are having on our planet and realistic ways we can each help and change. Among others, Boote interviews a human health scientist, a reproductive biologist, a pharmacologist/cell biologist, an environmental toxicologist, an environmental analyst, the senior vice president of the World Wildlife Fund and the boat captain/oceanographer famous for first bringing widespread attention to the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean. The series not only takes the viewers on a journey around the world’s marine ecosystems, but also shows humanity’s impact even at the very bottom of the ocean. Friday 20 October 2017 17:01, UK ... Over eight million tonnes of plastic enters the … Boote’s goal in making this documentary was to investigate the perils that attend our society’s plastic addiction, and what we can do about them. The filmmaker notes that in the time since plastic first became big in the 1960s, there’s been a 50 percent drop in human sperm production. So I made this documentary. We are dedicated to ending plastic pollution and fostering sustainable communities worldwide. Would you like to receive event invitations, news, and updates from the International Documentary Association? Boote makes a point of smelling the various types of plastic he encounters, and he admits to becoming “stoned” off the scent of one of them. Release Date: Sep. 2009 (Austria) Watch it: BBC One, BBC America, Amazon, Itunes, Netflix. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. (Sadly, Sagae himself passed away just a couple of months ago from cancer at 52.) He goes to a refinery where crude oil is turned into PVC and dips his fingers into a beaker of crude, a move he’s told could damage his blood if the oil diffuses through his skin. Storyline A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. Though Plastic Planet does touch on plastic alternatives, it has the candor to acknowledge that they aren’t a panacea. The Story of Plastic The Story of Plastic, our first feature-length documentary, is a searing exposé of the plastic industry. Additional music composed by Andreas Lucas (Boote recalls how his toy collection made him a hero among the neighborhood kids.) “I’ve hardly entered the exhibition hall,” he says, “when I feel my grandfather next to me. Boote and his mother go there to lay down a fresh bouquet of flowers, and Boote tells his mother he’s proud of her for having gotten rid of the old plastic flowers. While extolling the virtues of plastic, Taylor has a smile that would do the Cheshire Cat proud. Watch it: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Itunes, Vimeo On Demand. Cinematographed by Thomas Kirschner Boote concedes that for all its adverse environmental and human health impacts, plastic does have advantages over its alternatives. The litany of bad news they have to deliver is so dire and seemingly interminable that it feels like we’re stuck in a never-ending nightmare. The film is an important documentary that we encourage all people to experience in order to learn about why the issue of plastic pollution is so important. The groundbreaking feature-length documentary takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and its impact on the health of our planet. Bottles made from polyethylene or polypropylene are lighter and more durable than glass bottles, making them less expensive—in both money and energy terms—to transport, as well as less fragile. Music by The Orb A big part of what makes Boote’s portrait of plastic so engrossing is its experiential approach, which seeks not only to impart knowledge but also to engage our senses. The phthalates go on to stimulate body weight gain, alter fetal development and reduce testosterone levels and sperm production in men, among other nasty things. “Plastic pollution is fast becoming the defining environmental issue of the 21st Century" PLASTIC BRITAIN: ON OUR WATCH is a major new feature documentary that investigates Britain’s addiction to plastic and discovers the biggest pollution crisis Britain has ever seen. The follow-up to 2001’s documentary series is available in beautiful 4K and narrated, of course, by Sir David Attenborough. He lives in southwestern Washington state near the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Pollution-fighting bin gathers kilos of plastic each day This bin, bobbing about in Whitehaven harbour, is the first of a fleet of six being set afloat to capture plastic pollution. EARTHDAY.ORG believes we must address the harmful effects of plastics in our environment and move beyond recycling and into a comprehensive approach to reducing plastic pollution. A Boca Raton man is warning the public about the dangers of plastic through his documentaries. We later see him slapping stickers with similar messages onto plastic bottles in a supermarket. Building a world of resilient communities, Over 550 Environmental Groups Rally Around Call for Biden to Act on Plastics Pollution in 2021, Oil Industry’s Shift to Plastics in Question as Report Warns $400 Billion in Stranded Assets Possible, New California Bill Could Revolutionize How the U.S. Executive produced by Tom Gläser and Ilann Girard An overview on plastic pollution, narrated by Academy Award winner and PPC Notable Jeff Bridges (4 minutes) STRAWS Film Short documentary about plastic straw waste and how we can make a sea of change...one straw at a time. When you put water into plastic containers made with bisphenol A, the chemical leaches into the water, especially upon heating. So concerned was Boote by this trend that he commissioned his own, first-of-its-kind study of sterile couples. It's eaten by marine creatures. The heat causes the car’s plastic interior parts to off-gas their phthalate content, which the car’s occupants then inhale. Plastic Oceans International is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, founded and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #81-3778043). The documentary is part of a BBC initiative called Plastics Watch, tracking the impact of plastic on the environment. However, we shouldn’t trick ourselves into believing that in doing so we’ll somehow be magically solving the mess we’ve already made of things. Curiously, Boote neglects to tell us whether the study’s findings bore out its hypothesis. We don’t yet fully understand the cause of this decline, and Boote is careful not to posit a causal link to plastic exposure (just as he never definitively says that his grandfather’s work in plastic production killed him). Susan Yin is IDA's Communications, Design and Digital Projects Manager. With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics. A real dilemma.”. Prior to joining the IDA, she received her Masters in Environmental Human Geography from UCL and worked for Purpose Climate Lab, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, among others. We hear from the daughter of a man who blew the whistle on a PVC plant where 170 employees died of cancer and 377 became seriously ill. We meet Japanese sculptor Hiroshi Sagae, known for the amazingly realistic figurines he handcrafts out of plastic. Plastic is intertwined throughout our everyday life: straws, shopping bags, toothbrush, face wash, pens, and even clothes. But I thought about it, and I decided that instead of being afraid, I would do something. Boote has a bit of the performer in him, and when he lets this side loose it makes for some thoroughly entertaining—and at times captivatingly weird—theater. All Rights Reserved. Bisphenol A and the group of chemicals known as phthalates are among the more harmful compounds found in plastic. A riveting 2019 documentary by the German public broadcaster DW, “Plastic Tide: Choking on Coke,” exposes how Coca-Cola deceives customers and environmentalists about its plastic pollution. Boote also talks with John Taylor, president of industry group PlasticsEurope and chief executive of polyolefins manufacturer Borealis. My favorite set-piece is one in which he stands in the middle of a crowded marketplace with a bullhorn, shouting “Plastic causes cancer,” “Plastic causes allergies,” “You will get big breasts” and “Plastic harms your descendants,” among other blunt facts. This film’s core message seems to be that, in the interest of not worsening our predicament, we should all eliminate plastic from our lives as much as possible. The filmmaker also has his blood drawn and analyzed to find out how much of the estrogenic, endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A his body has absorbed. Regarding plastic’s dark side, our second group of experts shows as much openness as the first group did evasiveness. But plastic isn’t fantastic. Bisphenol A is in beverage bottles, food can linings, food storage containers, tableware made from polycarbonate and countless other products. Whereas some films focus on just one facet of the issue, such as plastic in the ocean, this one surveys the entire picture. In A Plastic Ocean, Australian journalist Craig Lesson teamed up with free diver Tanya Streeter, scientists and researchers to uncover the alarming impact of plastic on marine ecosystems around the world. It’s my favorite for numerous reasons, the first of which is the breadth of its scope. Participants will get a sneak preview of a plastic pollution documentary being filmed in Richland and Charleston counties and hear from University of South Carolina graduate student and filmmaker, Emma DeLoughry. It takes centuries to break down. The documentary reveals how plastic sinks under the weight of multiplying bacteria and falls onto the coral, cutting into it like an infected knife, delivering disease into the flesh. Edited by Ilana Goldschmidt, Jack Moik, Tom Pohanka and Cordula Werner Resilience is a program of Post Carbon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the world transition away from fossil fuels and build sustainable, resilient communities. In celebration of Earth Day 2018 and this year’s focus on ending Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film is divided into five acts: the conservation movement, pollution and cleanup, Greenpeace, global resources, and climate change. In the 70 years that plastic has been around, humans have created 9 billion tons of it -- most of which still exists. Waste Land follows artist Vik Muniz’s journey from Brooklyn to the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Vice explored the North Pacific Gyre, home of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: a mythical, Texas-sized island made entirely of our trash. Filmmaker Werner Boote is that someone, and his feelings about plastic are conflicted. The documentary, a joint production effort by Corona, environmental charity Parley for the Oceans and National Geographic, shows an in … The marine biologists the team … Watch it: Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Itunes. Death of the Nile: Shocking new documentary reveals how plastic pollution is devastating all 4,000 miles of the world's greatest rivers. Written and performed by the electronic music group The Orb, with additional music composed by Andreas Lucas, it has a psychedelic, atmospheric sound that knows exactly how to perturb us with its stretches of unsettling quietude and eschewal of melody and rhythm. Other qualities I admire about Plastic Planet are its uncompromising realism, its finely written narration, its very effective musical score, its droll eccentricity and the way it doubles as a deeply affecting memoir by someone with a long personal history with plastic. There he captures the lives of an eclectic band of catadores — recyclable materials garbage pickers. SYDNEY, Australia: A new documentary “Protecting Paradise” investigating how the ocean plastic pollution issue is impacting remote paradises, reveals that one ton of plastic debris can be found for every kilometre of coastline in Far North Queensland. The first couple of interviews in Plastic Planet are with plastic industry stakeholders. Boote admits to being seduced by plastic’s magical chameleon-like nature. Chemist Peter Lieberzeit describes the process of creating plastic as “Lego for grown-ups,” with hydrocarbon molecules standing in for the toy blocks. This film doesn’t focus on plastics (though there is a link between oil refinement and plastic … He shows me all the wonderful cars, motorbikes and rockets. The film takes us along on Boote’s journey, which turns out to involve just as much inner contemplation as discovery about the ills of plastic usage. Moreover, you need not even have lived someplace where plastic is widely used: Research has shown that everyone, even those in traditional indigenous societies, has plastic in the blood. A Plastic Ocean is a new award-winning feature length documentary brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. Putting plastic pollution in its place. Asked whether plastic isn’t more of a burden than a benefit to society, he first punts the question (“Do you feel that?” he asks Boote back) and then minimizes the issue, avoiding any mention of plastic’s problematic aspects beyond the obvious one of litter. More than eight million tonnes of plastic is thrown away each year and washed out to sea. “Will there still be life on our planet then?” muses Boote darkly. He asserts that plastic production is safe and that there’s a “practically negligible” risk of harm to one’s health from touching plastic—claims that Boote knows to be false (though we don’t see him challenge Lieberzeit). Plastic Planet And the film’s parting image is of Boote’s grandfather’s grave. Content on this site is subject to our reposting policy. A production of Brandstorm Entertainment, Cine Cartoon Filmproduktion, FunDeMental Studios, Neue Sentimental Film Entertainment GmbH and Zuta Filmproduktion Running time: 99 minutes. However, as an adult living in an age of greater scientific understanding, Boote knows that his grandfather’s work immersed him in chemicals that altered his biology and likely contributed to his early passing. He handles even more trash while volunteering for an annual cleanup effort off the Japanese island of Tsushima, where vast quantities of plastic wash ashore each year. Did we mention the series is scored by Hans Zimmer? Boote’s goal in making this documentary was to investigate the perils that attend our society’s plastic addiction, and what we can do about them. Pump. ... A funny and inspiring film by Taina Uitto of the blog Plastic Manners. Boniface Mwangi is daring and audacious, and recognized as Kenya’s most provocative photojournalist. Special effects by Cine Cartoon Filmproduktion and SVC A pall of death and loss hangs over much of this film. Visit The Story of Plastic website to learn more or check out our plastic documentary shorts. A Plastic Ocean (2016), by Craig Leeson, is one of the most recent and shocking documentaries about plastic pollution. While Boote repeatedly mentions the time his grandfather spent toiling in a plastics factory, a key takeaway of this film is that you need not have worked in plastics manufacturing to have suffered from exposure to plastic’s harmful chemicals. He climbs in and works the controls with a boyish grin. American Masters’ A Fierce Green Fire, chronicles 50 years of environmental grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009. Be part of the solution. Sagae confides that he fears for his health after a friend died from inhaling plastic vapors. Filmmakers The Jetlagged have teamed up with global alliance Plastic Pollution Coalition to release “Sea Plastic,” a beautiful and powerful virtual reality film illustrating the plastic pollution crisis.. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor, producer, activist, and Plastic Pollution Coalition Notable Member, Tim Robbins, the film takes viewers on a journey through polluted beaches, a river … "Our documentary follows the lives of 19 people as they attempt to live without plastic. Plastic in general is an incomparably versatile substance, capable of being fashioned into everything from drink bottles to packaging to outdoor furniture to clothing to high-pressure pipes. 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