Plastic China

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Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Jiuliang, Wang. Plastic China. Journeyman Pictures, 2017. HD, 88 min.

[Plastic China is] a portrait of poverty, ambition and hope set in a world of waste. Laughter of playing children echoes through vast rolling hills of plastic waste. This recycling plant is home to Pen and his daughter Yi Jie, who is desperate for an education, and boss Kun, determined to improve his family’s lot. Over time, one man moves closer to prosperity whilst the other stagnates in poverty. This documentary reveals the lives of those on the fringes of global capitalist realities, a far cry from the communist dream. (Adapted from  Journeyman Pictures)

© 2017 Journeyman Pictures. Trailer used with permission.

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Further readings: 
  • Humes, Edward. Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. New York: Avery, 2013.
  • Kaiser, Jocelyn. "The Dirt on Ocean Garbage Patches." Science 328, no. 5985 (2010): 1506.
  • Mauch, Christof, ed. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Politics and Culture of Waste." Special issue, RCC Perspectives 1 (2016).
  • Minter, Adam. Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.