Directed by Jiu-Liang Wang (China, 2016)
Followed by Q&A discussion with Matthew Kohrman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
This film documents a plastic recycling facility in a small town dedicated to the business of processing plastic waste. The facility is operated by two families: the family of the owner and a family of employees. Eleven-year-old Yi-Jie works alongside her parents while dreaming of attending school. Kun, the facility’s ambitious foreman, hopes for a better life. Plastic China examines global consumption and culture through the eyes and hands of those who handle its refuse. View the trailer.
This film screening is part of the Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival 2019. The festival will feature 10 films from around the world that focus on the theme “Earth: Habitat for All.”