China is the world’s largest importer of plastic waste. Throughout the country, there are nearly 30 towns engaged in processing this refuse in highly toxic environments. The stories of two families — plus a particularly feisty and optimistic 11-year-old girl who works alongside her parents in a recycling facility while dreaming of attending school — reveal the human and environmental costs of living and working in these artificial — and truly plastic — landscapes.
*A Q&A will follow the screenings in Auckland.
- Special Jury Award For First Appearance in memory of Peter Wintonick - IDFA 2016