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Plastic People

2024 1h 24m Documentary List
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The ground-breaking feature documentary Plastic People investigates our addiction to plastic and the growing threat of microplastics on human health. Almost every bit of plastic ever made breaks down into "microplastics." These microscopic particles drift in the air, float in all bodies of water, and mix into the soil, becoming a permanent part of the environment. Now, leading scientists are finding these particles in our bodies: organs, blood, brain tissue, and even the placentas of new mothers. What is the impact of these invisible invaders on our health? And can anything be done about it? Acclaimed author and science journalist Ziya Tong takes a personal approach by visiting leading scientists around the world and undergoing experiments in her home, on her food, and her body while collaborating with award-winning director Ben Addelman (Discordia, Bombay Calling, Nollywood Babylon, Kivalina v. Exxon) in an urgent call to action for all of us to rethink our relationship with plastic. Read More Read Less

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Owen Gleiberman Variety “Plastic People” offers a fascinating history of plastic, showing us how the stuff gradually took over. Mar 14, 2024 Full Review Jim Slotek Original Cin There is an almost hopeless, too-late feel to the scope of the ocean of plastic bits we inhale and absorb (let alone what’s absorbed by our fellow creatures). At its end, Plastic People tries to strike an optimistic note, but cheering up is a tall order. Rated: B-plus May 28, 2024 Full Review Dorothy Woodend The Tyee (British Columbia) Save this film for when you're feeling a bit more resilient because it's so hard to hold out a lot of hope for humanity when the full scope and impact of microplastics are revealed. May 6, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis The ground-breaking feature documentary Plastic People investigates our addiction to plastic and the growing threat of microplastics on human health. Almost every bit of plastic ever made breaks down into "microplastics." These microscopic particles drift in the air, float in all bodies of water, and mix into the soil, becoming a permanent part of the environment. Now, leading scientists are finding these particles in our bodies: organs, blood, brain tissue, and even the placentas of new mothers. What is the impact of these invisible invaders on our health? And can anything be done about it? Acclaimed author and science journalist Ziya Tong takes a personal approach by visiting leading scientists around the world and undergoing experiments in her home, on her food, and her body while collaborating with award-winning director Ben Addelman (Discordia, Bombay Calling, Nollywood Babylon, Kivalina v. Exxon) in an urgent call to action for all of us to rethink our relationship with plastic.
Director
Ben Addelman, Ziya Tong
Producer
Vanessa Dylyn, Stephen Paniccia
Screenwriter
Ben Addelman
Production Co
White Pine Pictures
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 24m