Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Story of Plastic


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 95 minutes

The Story of Plastic
The Story of Plastic
The Story of Plastic
The Story of Plastic

Of all the plastic that has ever existed, more than half was produced in the last 15 years. Of that, 91% has never been recycled. It’s no secret that we have a major plastic problem. What is less known is how the fossil fuel industry has created and continues to perpetuate this growing international crisis. While most of the conversation has been focused on the need for cleanup, recycling, and waste management, the root of the plastic issue has been largely ignored… and the creators of these products want it that way. From extraction and refinery to consumption and disposal, every step of the plastic-making process is detrimental to the environment and to human health. The consequences of our disposable society are catching up with us, but it’s not too late to create large scale change. Documentary filmmaking at its finest, THE STORY OF PLASTIC exposes the complex truths behind the plastic and fossil fuel industry (which are one in the same). Enlightening and infuriating, THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a wealth of information about the devastating global impacts of a plentiful and poisonous product. Everyone should see this film. (In English, Hindi, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Chinese with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 6:15 PM ET

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 2:15 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Pan-Asian Cinema

Global Health Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Deia Schlosberg

Stiv Wilson, Megan Ponder, Kyle Cadotte, Deia Schlosberg

Deia Schlosberg, Melissa Lesh

Tony Hale, Brian Wilson

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Bella Capelli Sanctuario

Kent State University College of Communications & Information

Community Partners

Cuyahoga River Restoration

Northeast Ohio Sierra Club

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