Pollution - Waste

THE E-WASTE TRAGEDY

Anglais, français - VF 86mn - VA 52mn

Synopsis

Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste - computers, television sets, mobile phones, household appliances - are discarded in the developed world. 75% of this waste disappears from the legal recycling circuits, with much of it being shipped illegally to India, China or Africa.

Illegal recycling and waste dumping is a multi-million dollar business, polluting the environment and destroying the lives and health of those forced to live with it.

 

This film takes the viewer on a breathtaking journey of investigation to Europe, China, Africa and the US. It reveals how the European recycling system, plagued by lack of controls, greed and corruption, leaks like a sieve to shady international exporters; how harbour officials in Europe and Asia are fighting a losing battle against the immense volume of e-waste crossing the oceans; why the US are the biggest exporter in the world; and how whole cities in China are literally drowning in our discarded appliances, where they are recycled with a total disregard for the environment or the future.

 

As a result, recycled and damaged computer chips are creeping into the production lines of electronics that control key aspects of our lives, such as public transport, creating a huge security risk in the process.

 

Can the toxic tide be stemmed, or are too many people willingly turning a blind eye?

 

Director's statement

Cosima Dannoritzer’s last movie “PRET A JETER” (THE LIGHT BULB CONSPIRACY) opened our eyes on the planned obsolescence of consumer products and namely, of electrical and electronic equipment.

 

These appliances are known to have shorter and shorter lifespans because of technological advances and their use, but also because of the deliberate policies of the manufacturers, of our hunger for consumption, of this new “religion” of wanting the latest gadget.

We are all players and are responsible for this waste, this scandal.

 

“E-WASTE TRAFFIC” picks up the story where ‘THE LIGHT BULB CONSPIRACY” left off.

 

We are trying to understand how it is possible that such a huge quantity of electrical and electronic waste, all highly toxic, can leave Western countries every day and end up in Africa, in China or other countries when we know exporting this kind of waste is illegal?

 

 

Why this choice?

Large-scale traffic of electronics, inefficiency of the recycling policies in this field and the health and environmental consequences it all has are denounced thanks to a well-conducted investigation…

 

Or how the Western countries get rid of their electronic waste or e-waste and make Africa their trash bin.

 

 

Awards :

  • 'Golden Award' for 'Best International Co-Production for TV', Prix Italia 2015
  • ‘International Documentary Award’, Planeta.Doc 2015, Brazil
  • 'Special Mention by the Jury', Filmambiente 2015, Brazil
  • 'Honorary Mention by the Jury', Festiver 2014, Colombia

Nominations:

  • 'Golden Award', Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival 2015 (medium-length category)


Type : Documentary
Director : Cosima Dannoritzer
Production : YUZU PRODUCTIONS & Media 3.14
Year : 2014
Country : France - Spain
Awards : Prix Spécial du Jury - Filmambiente (Rio de Janeiro)
Contact : info@yuzu-productions.com

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Benjamin Bach The French Arte website where the movie can be watched VOD indicates that it's a French version? Is it so? Would love to watch this! · on 17/11/2017
Stephanie von Lukowicz A voir absolument! · on 08/11/2017
Jeanlucas Paines Martins Excelente documentário, serviu de base para um trabalho acadêmico sobre o tema e através dele uma visão mais ampla sobre a prática da "Obsolescência" · on 02/11/2017
Cosima Dannoritzer Thank you so much everyone for your support and for helping to spread the message! · on 02/11/2017
collin Je vote pour ce documentaire sur les déchets électroniques saisissant, car il me semble que ce sujet aura plus de difficultés à atteindre les esprits et remettre en question le consumérisme du "mieux-être" et du paraître. Cette électronique qui s’immisce partout ( informatique, électroménager, maison connectée, automobile, loisir...) et parfois sous-couvert d'économie, de gestion des ressources et comme secteur créateur d'emplois. Autant dire que le sujet est biaisé d'avance! Merci pour tous ces documentaires édifiants. · on 29/10/2017
Nathalie Cette vidéo a emporté mon aval car le recyclage en tout genre est la plaie de notre monde moderne. De plus l'Afrique sert de poubelle à tout et c'est lamentable! Le recyclage est un fléau qui devrait être pensé en amont et non jeté en aval! · on 28/10/2017
Ateba Gaspard Pour moi c'est ci ne doit plus existé ils fous détruire tout ce qui peut nuire à la vie humain es à la terre · on 28/10/2017
Bruno Pourquoi j'ai choisi ce film par rapport à d'autres, parce qu'il marque le plus la façon dont nous utilisons la terre comme une poubelle. Les autres sont intéressants, mais sur certains points nous pourrions toujours redire quelque chose. · on 26/10/2017
Laurence Excellent !!! Bravo à la réalisatrice et à tous les militants ! · on 26/10/2017
Fabrice Estève Merci ! · on 28/10/2017
Marie-Laure Merci pour cette belle claque dans la face... ça fait du bien de réfléchir encore plus au comment être plus responsable dans notre consommation · on 24/10/2017
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