Death By Design

SF Premiere of Death By Design and expert discussion on the environmental impacts of our digital addiction. part of the Bay Area Science Festival. 


Sue Williams





Running Time

73 mins 


SFGFF Film Program:

Green Film Fest Screening - April 24, 2017

SF Premiere.

We all love – and live on – our smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising ever better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side. In an investigation spanning the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry. From leading environmental activist Ma Jun and the young laborers in Chinese factories, to activists in our own high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, Death By Design reveals the environmental and human impact of the consumer race for the latest devices. The dirty secrets of our digital addiction.

 “You won’t look at your iPhone in quite the same way again after viewing Sue Williams’ thoughtful documentary” - The Seattle Times

“Vital. Provocative in its focus on giant American corporations.” - The Hollywood Reporter

DISCUSSION WITH: Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times; and Kyle Weins,