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OW"What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?"

Plastic Planet

Plastic Planet

Original Title: Plastic Planet
Director: Werner Boote
Austria | English, German
2009 | 96min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: Digital Betacam
All Ages
"After the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Ice Age, we now have the Plastic Age," the narrator announces in this wry, alarming look at that most omnipresent, long-lasting of all substances and how it may be taking over our world. Personable director and host Werner Boote, whose grandfather was a director of German company Interplastik-Werke, leads us on a journey from plastic manufacturers in Germany, to a toy-making plant in China; from a plastic-strewn beach in Japan, to the world's largest trash heap in India. He uncovers both the promise of cheap, practical plastic, and its threat - it's alarmingly toxic and takes more than 500 years to disintegrate. Even the eponymous toy plastic globe he buys in Europe and sees being made in Shanghai hides deadly carcinogens. Featuring music by The Orb, Plastic Planet showcases the easy profit - and inevitable loss - of our obsession with plastic. ---Jason Sanders

Director,  Werner Boote

Director,  Werner Boote

Werner Boote, born in 1965 in Vienna, studied theatre, communications and sociology at the University of Vienna, and filmmaking at the Vienna Film-Academy. He was assistant director for Robert Dornhelm and Austrian maverick Ulrich Seidl for many years. Since 1993, he has been writing and directing films, which focus primarily on music and the arts. His documentary Kurt Rydl – The Gladiator received the Austrian Emmy Awards Nomination in 2003.

Cast and Crew

Cast
Werner Boote, Theo Colborn, Fred Vom Saal, Margot Wallstrom
Music
The Orb
Producer
Thomas Bogner, Daniel Zuta
Screenwriter
Werner Boote
Editor
Ilana Goldschmidt, Tom Pohanka, Cordula Werner
Cinematographer
Thomas Kirschner
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