China and Inner Asia
Directed by Jiuliang Wang.
2016. China. 82 minutes.
One of 25 films in the Global Environmental Justice Documentaries collection, Plastic China captures the striking, melancholic beauty of a vast and lifeless artificial landscape—a Chinese countryside covered almost entirely in imported plastic. Men and women build lives upon this waste, and children learn about the outside world through tattered Western advertisements and tabloid images. Selected for the series by Ken Berthel (Whittier College) as a film that inspires discussion about a number of salient topics, including globalization, modernity, the rural-urban divide, and the human and environmental impacts of consumerist culture.
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