Dir. Sue Williams | USA/China | 2016 | 73mins
In this penetrating investigative documentary, filmmaker Sue Williams uncovers the deadly environmental and health costs of the electronic devices we operate every day. In China, labour has been outsourced by major US companies looking to cut costs and exploit environmental loopholes. Back in the US, Williams visits overflowing landfills, erected by a throwaway culture where gadgets purposefully in-built with finite lifespans are insouciantly discarded by their users.
Left to decay over time, the toxins leak from the ground proving to have debilitating health effects on unwitting members of the nearby communities. Despite the devastation, Williams’ film is one of hope, documenting young activists who fight to hold electronics brands accountable for their actions and entrepreneurs who are working to develop more ethical and sustainable products for our future.
PANEL DISCUSSION: iCrisis? Electronic obsolescence and what to do with our gadgets.
This panel will be moderated by James Whitmore, Deputy Section Editor Energy + Environment at The Conversation.