Plastic Paradise

Travel with filmmaker Angela Sun to Midway Atoll, a remote island in the pacific, as she seeks to uncover the mystery behind the island of garbage that everyone has heard of but no one truly understands.

Directors

Angela Sun

Country

USA 

Year

2013

Running Time

57 min

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SFGFF Film Program:


Plastic_Paradise.jpgTravel with filmmaker Angela Sun to Midway Atoll, a remote island in the pacific, as she seeks to uncover the mystery behind the island of garbage that everyone has heard of but no one truly understands. What she discovers is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island littered with plastics, causing great harm not only to our beaches, oceans and sea life, but to ourselves, Midway sees 20 tons of plastic trash wash ashore each year and as we watch her sift through ordinary household items among the debris - reusable coffee mugs, flip flops, lighters, and even a computer monitor - we find ourselves uncomfortably complicit. this film tackles a seriously daunting problem with hey energy and humor, archival footage and animation as it tracks down the who, what, where, and why of this phenomena. Along the way Sun speaks to scientists, environmental activists, the plastic bag guy, marine researchers, plastic industry representatives, even Jack Johnson, to get a sense of how our obsession with plastic began, where it all went wrong and how we can fix it.

Screening: June 04, 2013 at SF Public Library.

Discussion with: Angela Sun, director.