Plastic China follows the members of two families who spend their lives sorting and recycling plastic waste from the United States, Europe, and Asia. Yi-Jie, an 11-year-old girl, works alongside her parents in a recycling facility while dreaming of attending school. Kun, the facility’s ambitious boss, dreams of a better life. Through the story of these two families, this poignant film explores issues of waste recycling, social inequality, as well as global consumption and culture.
It won Special Jury Award at the 2016 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Check out the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Kif9cugQ0
The event features an interdisciplinary panel with professors: Greg Zinman in Film Studies (Georgia Tech), Eri Saikawa in Environment Science (Emory), and Matthew Realff in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Georgia Tech).
Plus: Free Pan Asian Dinner
Strategic Plan Advisory Committee Pilot Grant (SPAG)
The School of Modern Languages
China Research Center
The Center for Serve Learn Sustain
The China event is part of the The Global Media Festival: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures, which focuses on international media productions that explore issues and challenges associated to sustainability. The goal of the festival is to serve as a global interdisciplinary forum that creates awareness of the cultural and linguistic challenges that emerge from the different meanings and interpretations of sustainability in diverse contexts. A full list of Global Media Festival events can be found at: https://modlangs.gatech.edu/globalmediafest.
For more information on the China event, contact
Dr. Jin Liu
Associate Professor of Chinese
School of Modern Languages