April 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Sustainability Film | Death by Design, April 18

Death by Design documentary, showing Chinese workers making cell phone components

Death by Design

From Ohio University Library News

The Sustainability Film Series presents “Death by Design,” a reality check on the impact of our electronics addiction through the eyes of the labor market, environmental impact and e-waste, on April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Athena Cinema.

The film was directed by Cullen Hoback (director of “Terms & Conditions May Apply”), an investigative filmmaker with a keen interest in collusion between the federal government and private corporations.

In “The Borneo Case,” filmmakers spend five years investigating the illegal logging of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest. The logging operation obliterated 90% of the rainforest in order to build 12 mega-hydropower dams. The team worked with indigenous exiled activist Mutang Urud, who lived 20 years in Montreal for opposing the deforestation of his homeland.

Ohio University Libraries, Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Athena Cinema celebrate their fifth year of sponsoring the popular “Sustainability Film Series,” an eclectic and diverse series of documentaries in the fields of environmental studies and sustainability.

All seven of the Spring 2018 screenings, held Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Athena Cinema, are free and open to the public.

Featured scenes from the spring sustainability film series, with free Wednesday screensings of documentaries on sustainability.

The purpose of the Sustainability Series, originally titled in 2012 the Common Experience on Sustainability (CEPS), is to serve as an introduction to local and global issues on the environment. The current film series still remains true to its origins by continuing to create an awareness of environmental issues through speakers, activities, and films.

Many of these controversial documentaries enhance the viewer’s learning experience and provide an opportunity to explore the world of environmental and sustainability issues, both from the grassroots movements and from corporate investigations.

Film topics range from energy, biodiversity, zero waste and recycling, climate change, land protection, clothing industry, oceans, forests and global education.

A panel discussion will immediately follow each film screening. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, filmmakers, producers, and community members are invited to stay and share their thoughts and research. “We encourage everyone to ask questions and be critical,” says lorraine wochna.

All films are available at Alden Library after their screening date. See available titles from previous selections from the film series.

For more information on getting involved, contact Loraine McCosker or lorraine wochna.

Find on Facebook @SustainFilms.

Image courtesy of the Athena Cinema

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