Directed by Craig Leeson
102 min | 2016 | Hong Kong | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion with Robin Kundis Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
Thirty miles from land, off the southern coast of Sri Lanka, where civil war has kept the oceans and beaches pristine, a global expedition led by documentary filmmaker Craig Leeson is searching for one of the world’s most elusive animals. Blue whales are on the edge of extinction but what the expeditioners find in these remote waters proves heartbreaking.
The shock of finding vast quantities of floating plastic in this pristine location forces the filmmaker to think: If plastic is lurking in this remote pristine area what is happening in oceans around the globe? So begins a global odyssey to find the answer to this question. Teams of scientists from around the world are engaged to analyze and report on the expedition’s findings as the filmmakers embark on a discovery that reveals the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. The results will astound viewers – just as it did our adventurers — who capture never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
A Plastic Ocean is filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented, begin to change one of mankind’s most destructive inventions. Plastic is indestructible and this year we will manufacture 300 million tonnes of it, half of which will be used just once before being discarded. We can no longer afford to treat plastic as disposable. But can we change our lifestyles in time to save ourselves? The message from this film is that change is possible and it starts with us.
Winner: Best of Festival–2017 Blue Ocean Film Festival, Best Documentary & Best Environmental Film–2017 Sedona International Film Festival, Ocean Impact Award– 2017 Barbados Independent Film Festival
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