Plastic Paradise

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Official film description

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.

Further reviews

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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Director(s): Angela Sun
Script: Angela Sun
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
Year: 2013
Duration: 57 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): French
Country of origin: United States
Screening rights: Plastic Paradise ()

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Main topic(s): Oceans
Secondary topics: plastic
Mentions: pollution pacific garbage patch ocean midway plastic microplastic
Topic Page(s): Oceans

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