Recipes for Disaster

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Webster, John. Recipes for Disaster. Winterthur: Filme für die Erde, 2008. 35 mm, 85 min.

Director John Webster convinces his wife and two small children that the whole family should go on an oil-free diet, yet without having to give up their a middle class suburban lifestyle. All the everyday things that we don’t do, or that we can’t help doing, make up recipes for disaster. In this comedy of errors they find themselves questioning their values and putting to test their will power and ultimately, their happiness. (Source: Deckert Distribution GmbH)

 © 2008 Deckert Distribution GmbH. Trailer used with permission.

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Further readings: 
  • Boetzkes, Amanda. “Plastic, Oil Culture, and the Ethics of Waste.” In “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Politics and Culture of Waste,” edited by Christof Mauch. Special issue, RCC Perspectives 1 (2016): 51–58.
  • Rajkumar, Ponnusamy. "A Study on the Plastic Waste and Environmental Degradation." ABC Journal of Advanced Research 4, no. 1 (2015): 9–15.