Microplastic Madness

Brooklyn kids take on plastic pollution

​"Microplastic Madness" is the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn - living on the frontline of the climate crisis - whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.

With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.

These eleven year olds dive deep into the root causes of plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists and community advocates, they collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their own local data to inform policy by testifying and rallying at City Hall. Then they turned their focus back to school, taking action in their cafeteria to eliminate all single-use plastic!

"Microplastic Madness" convincingly presents the connections around the topic of plastic pollution and the responsibility of each individual and society to combat this problem. By portraying the successful activism of students, the film conveys a positive, hopeful mood.

This child-oriented film is entertaining and stimulates the senses, soul and intellect in equal parts. It argues clearly and comprehensibly for laymen, presents facts and goes into depth.

The film succeeds in making the global urgency of the problem comprehensible without failing to show options for action. By touching the viewer emotionally at the same time, it motivates him to act.

"Microplastic Madness" is formally appealing; it has a clear, comprehensible structure, is exciting and makes adequate use of the cinematic means.

Director(s): Atsuko Quirk, Debby Lee Cohen
Script: Atsuko Quirk, Debby Lee Cohen
Production: Atsuko Quirk, Debby Lee Cohen
Actors: Marcus Eriksen, 5th grade students from PS 15 in Red Hook. Brooklyn, Dan Meharg, Eric Angel Ramos, Chelsea M Rochman, Jennifer Kline, Racheal Z. Miller, Judith Enck, Stephen O'Brien, Carolina Salguero, Ieman Elsoghby, Suzanne Barzyz, Megan Dolan, Sara Popow, Stephanie Knight, Peggy Wyns-Madison
Year: 2019
Duration: 75 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 8
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Screening rights: Filme für die Erde (Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein)
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Main topic(s): Children's film Human Potential Upcycling, Recycling + Waste
Secondary topics: plastic recycling health activism
Mentions: plastics microplastics pollution recycling waste school kids
Topic Page(s): Films for Kids Upcycling, Recycling + Waste Donated Films


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