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Terra Blight

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Isaac Brown

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Plot Summary

Terra Blight is a 55-minute documentary exploring America's consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology. This film traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet.By the film's end, you will never look at your computer the same way again.

Customer Reviews

Cradle to Grave

Thank you for this eye opener! I LOVED this film: technique, presentation and perspective.

A beautifully made, must-see film

I saw the NYC premiere last night at Lincoln Center-- what an amazing work of art! The filmmakers have perfectly documented the global e-waste situation in a way that is accessible to all. They remind us of how electronics are voraciously consumed and thoughtlessly discarded in the West, but more importantly, they reveal to us where that waste ends up. The reality is shocking and tragic. The environment is not the only victim-- generations of people in developing countries are dying in e-waste cesspools. Terra Blight gives us some hope as well. Recyclers are just beginning to mechanize a system to separate and reuse old electronics. This beautiful and important film is a great first step to getting the word out. Students would especially benefit from seeing it. Not only is it informative, but it's also entertaining and very well edited. See it and you won't walk away unchanged.

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