6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Film Screening for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: Plastic China

No RSVP, First Come First Serve for Seating

The China Environment Forum team is excited to host again a film screening for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 15-25). This year we are screening the timely and influential documentary, Plastic China, which unveils the reality behind the massive plastic recycling industry in China. Brought to you by Jiu-Liang Wang, the director of Beijing Besieged by Waste, this story unfolds over 3 years, as it follows the daily life of Yi-Jie, an unschooled 11- year-old girl who grows up in a household-recycling workshop in southern China. This film sheds light on the larger dilemmas brought to these communities by the plastics recycling industry—poverty, disease, and pollution.  A Sundance Film Festival official selection, and Best Documentary Feature winner at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Plastic China encourages people to think of a quiet yet toxic problem behind the growing Chinese prosperity, and the role of the global community in plastic waste. China has been processing nearly half of the world’s waste exports—up to 7.3 million tons in 2016. However, China banned plastic waste imports starting in January 2018, a move that is rattling global recycling markets, forcing cities in the U.S. and Europe to reevaluate how to dispose of mountains of recyclable plastics that are piling up. Following the film, Jennifer Turner, Director of the China Environment Forum, and Adina Adler, Senior Director at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. will help stimulate a conversation on plastic waste, China’s recent import ban, and its local as well as global implications.