By Patricia Escarcega on Jan 4, 2013

'Trashed' Doc Explores the World's Waste Problems


Academy Award winner Jeremy Iron travels the globe exploring the world’s most polluted communities in the new documentary “Trashed.” Photo: Blenheim Films

A new documentary takes a closer look at what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. “Trashed,” produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady, explores the world’s most environmentally polluted places and examines how household waste is affecting the human population and the planet.

“Each year, we now throw away 58 billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion liters of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste,” says the film’s press release.

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, the film travels from China, where vast panoramas are buried under tons of trash, to the Ciliwung River in Indonesia, where children swim among leaking bags of waste. These and other powerful scenes depict the horrors of air, land and sea pollution and the devastating effects they are having on human health and the planet.

“We’ve made this movie because there are so many people who feel strongly the urgent need for the problem of ‘waste’ and ‘sustainability’ to be addressed,” Irons says in a press release. “There is an equally urgent need for the most imaginative and productive solutions to this troublesome subject to be understood and shared by as many communities as possible throughout the world. This is where movies can play such an important role, educating society, bringing ‘difficult’ subjects to the broadest possible audience.

“Trashed” received a special screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and has opened in selected theaters in the U.S., with a wider, global theatrical release scheduled in 2013.

“Trashed” received a special screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and has opened in selected theaters in the U.S., with a wider, global theatrical release scheduled in 2013.

“Trashed” received a special screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and has opened in selected theaters in the U.S., with a wider, global theatrical release scheduled in 2013.

Learn more about the documentary at the film’s official website.


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