The E-Waste Tragedy

86/52/46 min | Cosima Dannoritzer | 2014

YUZU Productions, Media 3.14 (Spain), Arte France, TV Catalunya, TVE, Al Jazeera Networks, with the participation of YLE, SVT, RTS, Lichtpunt

developed and produced with the support of the MEDIA program, the CNC, the Procirep / Angoa

Broadcast in France and Germany (Arte), Argentina (Wobi TV), Austria (ORF), French-speaking and Flemish Belgium (RTL-TVI and Lichtpunt), Spain (TVE and TV Catalunya), Finland (YLE), Hong-Kong (RADIO) TELEVISION HONG KONG), Ireland (TG4), Japan (NHK), Morocco (MEDI 1 TV), Arabic and English speaking world (AL JAZEERA Networks), Poland (CANAL + Cyfrowy), Portugal (SIC), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland ( RTS), Slovakia (RTS), Sultanate of Oman (OMAN TV), Taiwan (Encore Film, PTS), United States (Films For the Humanities and Sciences)

International sales: ARTE SALES

Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste - computers, television sets, mobile phones, household appliances - are discarded in the developed world. Since recycling is costly, around 75% of this waste ends up being shipped to countries such as India, China or Ghana, where it is dumped illegally, polluting the environment and affecting the lives of those forced to live with it. Mike Anane, Ghana’s most experienced environmental journalist goes on an investigation which begins in the heart of the City of London, takes us to Spain, Germany and Brussels, and ends at Agbogbloshie, one of the largest e-waste dumps in Africa. The film will reveal how e-waste is diverted from the legal recycling circuits in Europe and sent to the Third World, using false paperwork and with many of those in the know turning a blind eye.

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Awards:

Jury Special Mention at the environmental Filmambiente Film Festival (Brazil), 2015

Jury Special Mention Festiver 2014 (Colombia), Finalist of NHK Japan Prize 2014.

Prix Italia Golden Award For International TV Coproductions, 2014, unanimous consensus of the jury for which the film “is public service at its best and we encourage members of the Prix Italia to join forces on more coproductions of this type.”

 

Festivals : more than 40 festivals on 5 continents