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Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A film by Angela Sun

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Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it's become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

"Highly Recommended... Accessible... PLASTIC PARADISE covers a lot of ground in just under an hour, and is a great introduction to a range of important contemporary issues—material streams, corporate environmental responsibility, environmental activism, toxins and human health, ocean ecology—told from a simple, inquiring point of view."Educational Media Reviews Online

"A very effective film that engages the viewer...Does an excellent job of connecting the dots about the human need for the indestructible material and the indelible impact plastic has on our environment."Anthropology News

"Viewers will not think of plastic in the same way again... Sun delivers a succinct and attention-getting message in this excellent, chilling film that will both support science curricula and appeal to popular interest."Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights University, School Library Journal

"Accessible and interesting...The film makes a great effort to connect people with the consequences of their plastics use and disposal thereby sending a powerful message to the viewer to personally eliminate single-use plastics and to support the elimination of dangerous organic compounds such as BPA."Laura Williamson Doyle, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Science Books and Films

School Library Journal's 2015 Top 10 List
Best of Fest Award, Docuwest Film Festival
Grand Jury Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Best Medium Length Documentary, FICMA, Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival
Best Educational Film, Blue Ocean Film Festival
Best Documentary, Philadelphia Asian Film Festival
Gold Award Winner, California Film Awards
Broadcast Award, American Conservation Film Festival
Best Environmental Film, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

57 minutes / Color
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2014

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Birds, Business Practices, Capitalism, Chemistry, Consumerism, Earth Science, Endocrine Disruptors, Environment, Ethics, Fisheries, Genetics, Geography, Global Issues, Health, Life Science, Media Literacy, Oceans and Coasts, Pacific Studies, Pollution, Sociology, Sustainability, Toxic Chemicals

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