There’s a new documentary by Jellyfish Smack Productions that traces the life cycle of computers from the manufacturing stage to the different end of life results. Terra Blight is a 55 minute documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology. Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet.
The film employs a style similar to Gimme Green (the director’s prior film), whereby the audience encounters many dynamic characters and accesses the problem through subtle humor and identification with subjects on-screen. Shot in crisp HD, Terra Blight navigates surreal landscapes with a sensitive cinema vérité lens that conveys the unique point-of-view of each character.
Terra Blight examines the intricacies of American consumerism through the story of the computer. It exposes some of the harms of its existence, but it also celebrates the positive changes it has brought to us.
By the film’s end, the audience will never look at their computer the same way again.
Watch the Terra Blight Trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aZuUw2S300
For more information about the harmful effects of toxic electronic dumping, visit the Basil Action Network’s (BAN) website, www.ban.org. BAN is the world’s only organization that focuses on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts.