Friday, January 26, 2:00 pm, Showplace

Plastic China

Plastic China

  • Jiu-liang Wang
  • 82 minutes
  • 2016
  • China, Hong Kong
  • Friday, January 26, 2:00 pm, Showplace

Sponsored by Cambium Inc.

2016 IDFA Special Jury Award for First Appearance; 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Environmental Award; 2017 One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Best Director Award

A family works and lives in a plastic waste recycling factory in rural China, surrounded by Western garbage.

Addressing issues of equity, waste, and the environment, this urgent film focuses on the struggle of Yi Jie, a young girl who lives in a Chinese plastic-sorting town. Recycled waste from Europe, the United States and other parts of Asia winds up here, where families live among the plastic they sort for work. Yi Jie spends her days caring for her siblings, sorting plastic, and searching for hidden treasures among the trash. Her parents discuss their hopes for the future, but family problems stand in the way.