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Plastic is Forever: Kids Can Save the Planet Series

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This title is a part of the series Kids Can Save the Planet Series

Catalogue Number:  TVP037
Producer:  Video Project, Inc.
Subject:  Character Education, Consumer Studies, Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Science, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  19:00

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What happens when you throw plastic away? Dylan D'Haeze, a 13-year-old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands, decides to find out by following plastic trash to its end source which is the ocean.  As the "downhill to everything", that great blue expanse serves as an unintentional dumping ground and a transportation system as countless pieces of plastic debris wash up on shores around the world. Marine life often ingest plastic debris which ends up affecting human health as those creatures end up on dinner plates.

The film also explores the history of plastics and how they came into wider use due to World War 2 as well as the science of plastics which breaks down the fact that they simply do not break down in nature.

Dylan emphasizes how fellow kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.

Environment Award, International Ocean Film Festival
Best Children's Film, International Wildlife Film Festival
Best of Indie Youth, Arizona International Fiilm Festival
Audience Choice Award, SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival
Award of Merit: Nature/Environment/Wildlife, Best of Shorts Film Festival
Award of Merit: Young Filmmaker, Best of Shorts Film Festival
Friday harbor Film Festival
International Wildlife Film Festival
Sunscreen Film Festival
Ocean International Film Festival
Best of Shorts Film Festival
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
Kids First Film Festival
Port Orchard Film Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Dances with Films
Arizona International Film Festival
Awareness Festival
San Diego International Kids Film Festival
SiciliAmbiente Doc Film Festival
Evolution Mallorca Int'l Film Festival
Thunder Bay International Film Festival


"Interesting, informative, and accessible on many age levels...Best suited for ages 10-adult"
-Green Teacher
"The use of a middle school narrator to address the problem of plastic trash will make this readily suitable in an environmental science curriculum."

-School Library Journal

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Does an excellent job of telling a story from the beginning of plastics in America, the science of making plastics, and its explosive and pervasive presence in our world today in 20 minutes...Does a wonderful job of telling an engaging story that will captivate most middle schoolers."
- Science Books and Films

"A short but engaging film on one of our planet's controversial issues regarding wastes."
- Educational Media Reviews Online


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