Addicted to Plastic
Reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions.
For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted To Plasticis a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.
Addicted To Plastic is a point-of-view style documentary that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic's path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions - which include plastic made from plants - will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic.
David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a 'last lecture' — what he describes as "a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die".
The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki's life — creating a biography of ideas — forged by the major social, scientific and cultural events of the past 70 years.
The Idiot Cycle and Scientists Under Attack are two recent films about the
dangers genetically modified organisms and the chemicals that are used to
promote growth in animals and plants for human food.
A Small Act
How many times have you handed spare change to a total stranger? Or donated something toward a cause thousands of miles away? We never know which of our small actions make an impact. But what if one small act can change a life? What if that person goes on to change another life?
Officially selected at Sundance 2010, A Small Act tells the story of a young Kenyan whose life changes drastically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, as a Harvard graduate and working as a Human Rights lawyer for the UN, he decides to find the lady who sponsored him and replicate the kindness he once received.http://asmallact.co.uk/
Just Do It, released in UK 15 July, a crowd-funded, behind the scenes portrait of UK climate activists. Heard the director interviewed on R4 the other day.
We Reed the World, Austrian doc. Review in Variety: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117928801?refcatid=31
One of the Last, an Italian short film that was screened at Raindance a few years ago and which won lots of awards. An old farmer ruminates on his life and why no-one wants to farm any more. 11 mins.
Also worth looking at more of the films that have been screened at the Bologna Slow Food on Film Festival. You need to select each year in the search box to find out what has been screened.
Terra Madre, directed by the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi.
"the tranquil conclusion to Terra Madre is a warm, lovely ode not to correct, moral living, but rather to the simple magnificence of a respectful, Earth-bound lifestyle. If that sounds treacly, Olmi's handling of the wordless finale (the film's movement is from the nearly empty words of the conference to the unstable truthfulness of the farmer's story, to, finally a wordless paradise) is of a filmmaker admiring not a true human subject in a documentary sense, but an ideal of human living within a natural world. Departing from documentary form at the film's center—that strange dusty house of mystery, with its paradoxical love and hatred for life—we thankfully transition from documentary to essay, and in letting go of reality Terra Madre beams with nothing but admiration for living well on this planet." (mubi.com)