The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go?
The invention of synthetic plastic created an era of disposable products. Watertight and endlessly malleable, plastic is the perfect invention yet, its miraculous durability is also its curse because it never goes away.
In the early 21st Century, rumors about an island of garbage somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, started to rise. TV host and filmmaker Angela sun, decided to investigate. Her journey takes her thousands of miles from human civilization. There, in what should be a remote tropical paradise, she discovers an ecosystem inundated by plastic waste. Exposed to seawater and sunlight, tons of discarded plastics are breaking down into smaller fragments resembling food to fish and birds. The images Angela uncovers, combined with the latest evidence from researchers, shows that the truth behind the myth is much worse than imagined. A growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and is also working its way up the food chain that humans depend on. Angela returns from Midway with even more questions. She seeks out scientists and health experts who reveal that chemicals in many of the plastic products we take for granted are harmful. She encounters environmental activists trying to raise awareness and legislators struggling to address the problem. She uncovers the hidden truth about recycling and attempts to contact the leaders of an all-powerful petrochemical industry in control of our limitless production and consumption of plastic. Angela's journey is one that everyone living in a disposable society needs to see.
|Production:||Angela Sun, Tanya Leal Soto, Gil Elbaz, Elyssa Elbaz, Cathy Tsang, David Tsang|
|Music:||Jack Johnson, Scott Ohtoro, Ben Lear, Vanacore, Smidi Music, APM|
|Actors:||Charles Moore, Marcus Eriksen, Jack Johnson, Ben Lear, Adam Carolla, Jonathan Goldsmith, Dave Rastovich, Gretchen Bleiler, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Peter Seligmann, Gregor Hodgson, Lewis Goldsmith, Anna Cummins, Susan Freinkel, Andy Keller, Fred Vom Saal, Jeanne Rizzo, Wallace J. Nichols, Lisa Boyle, Dianna Cohen, Kitt Doucette, Fred vom Saal|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Screening rights:||Plastic Paradise ()|
Many fine environmental docs have already been produced, but this film from journalist Angela Sun offers valuable new insights. – The Hollywood Reporter
Sun offers a fresh, new voice for her generation and has made a film that can appeal to the masses. – Honolulu Pulse
Plastic Paradise is both an incredibly moving and a deeply disturbing look at where a great deal of our plastic waste ends up. Greatly harming our oceans, and killing and injuring countless marine creatures and seabirds. You MUST see it to believe it. – Ed Begley Jr.
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