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Microplastic Madness



Date of Event: 20/11/2020

Time of Event: 19:00

Location of Event: Online

Director: Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen

Country: USA

Production Year: 2019

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan is pleased to invite you to watch online

The American Family Movie

“Microplastic Madness”

On Friday 20th of November 2020 at 7 PM (Local Time)

Followed by a virtual discussion with the film directors & producers
and a Jordanian environmental activist

The link to watch the film will be shared on our social media platforms

and it can only be viewed in Jordan

Microplastic Madness

Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen, 76 minutes, Documentary, In English, USA, 2019

Followed by an online discussion with the directors & producers Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen and Jordanian environmental activist Safa' Al Jayoussi

“Microplastic Madness” is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with an inspiring take action message.

Fifth graders from Public School 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn - a community on the frontline of Climate Change - spent two years investigating plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, these 10-11 year olds collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their impressive data to inform policy, testifying and rallying at City Hall. They take the deep dive into the root causes of plastic pollution, bridging the connection between plastic, climate change, and environmental justice before turning their focus back to school. There they take action to rid their cafeteria of all single-use plastic, driving forward city-wide action and a scalable, youth-led plastic-free movement.

With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this alarming, yet uplifting narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms with a take action message to spark youth-led plastic free action in schools everywhere.

The film has been screened in 30 film festivals and it has received several awards including: Grand Jury Award at Greenpoint Film Festival, Best Documentary at Raw Science Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary Film and Audience Choice at Providence Children’s Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Award of Youth Jury at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Best Solution Award at Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Art Festival and Peggy Charred Award for Excellence at Boston International Kids Film Festival.

Film Trailer