TrashedOriginal Title: Trashed
Director: Candida Brady
United Kingdom | Arabic, English, French, Icelandic, Vietnamese
Buttressed by the charismatic onscreen presence and candid commitment of Jeremy Irons, Trashed
is one eco-documentary you don’t want to miss. With its exquisite cinematography and thought-provoking interviews, the film is an eye-opener for many of us who have attempted
to avoid facing up to the shocking truth about what happens to our waste once it leaves our trash bins.
Travelling the globe from Lebanon to Iceland, with a clear message in mind, Irons reveals the frightening scale of recklessly produced and mismanaged waste, offering up to the audience a slew of troubling scenes like a garbage-choked Indonesian river that is used as a source of drinking water by the local population, and Vietnam’s many deformed children who suffer from the effects of Agent Orange, the controversial herbicide used by the US military in the war decades ago.
The film is divided into four parts: the first three, namely Land, Air and Water, look at the dangerous impact of waste disposal on a host of ecosystems, from landfills to incineration; the final section, Solutions, ends on a hopeful note, offering ideas like efficient recycling, waste reduction and composting food scraps.
Providing clearly validated facts and easily digestible statistics, Trashed
challenges our passivity
vis-à-vis our daily contribution to waste, and proposes ways in which we can change our lives in order to ensure a better future for the coming generations. The film’s global perspective on pollution is a powerful reminder of the importance of shared responsibility and harmonious coexistence.
– Özge Calafato