Plastic Planet

You will never want to drink from a plastic bottle again!

We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap, it's practical, and it's everywhere - from the highest mountains to the hottest deserts, from the North Pole to the South Pole. It's even part of us - inside our blood.

Should we be worried?

In the tradition of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, this feisty yet informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reach of plastic. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies...and the health of future generations.

"Plastic Planet" is probably suitable for screenings in school.

Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2013.

"Plastic Planet" is definitely one of the gems in the Austrian’s film repertoire: impressively and variedly explained contexts, direct connections to our daily lives, a good journalistic performance, and a highly relevant issue. An intelligent film, which is easy to follow and clearly encourages viewers to take action.

The film allows to gain a planetary perspective, is well structured and exciting. Pictures and scenes reflect the content very well and are aesthetically pleasing, some of them even include never before seen footage. Film editing, camerawork and film music are professional.

"Plastic Planet" reflects the many facets of our world which often is characterized by consumption and possession. Contrary to expectations, the film doesn’t stir up emotionally, but is highly educational and is fun to watch.

Director(s): Werner Boote
Script: Werner Boote
Production: Thomas Bogner, Daniel Zuta
Music: The Orb
Actors: Charles Moore, Susan Jobling, Theo Colborn, Fred Vom Saal, John Taylor, Felice Casson, Beatrice Bortolozzo, Manfred Zahora, Hermann Bicherl, Hiroshi Sagae, Vicky Zhang, Patricia Hunt, Scott Belcher, Fred vom Saal, Frederick Corbin, Jeff Harris, Peter Frigo, Guido Brosius, Alessandra Desauvage, Kurt Scheidl, Margot Wallström
Year: 2009
Duration: 95 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Germany, Austria
Shooting Locations: Germany, Austria, China, Japan, India, Italy, United States, Finland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Morocco, Uganda
Screening rights: Praesens Film (Switzerland) | farbfilm verleih GmbH (Germany) | doc & film international ()

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Main topic(s): Consumption + Alternatives
Secondary topics: externalisation plastic health
Mentions: plastic oceans Werner Boote industry health sustainability zero waste
Topic Page(s): Consumption + Alternatives Frontpage Cover Slider


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