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Trashed / Plastic Bag 

When: Wed., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $5
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Just a few decades ago, the patch of trash the size of Texas floating on the ocean would have sounded like the subject of a dystopian sci-fi flick. Today, it’s a reality: a collection of plastics and other man-made debris that swirls around in the middle of the North Pacific. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the subject of Plastic Bag, a short film directed by Ramni Bahrani and featuring Werner Herzog that screens tonight in Berkeley. Despite the ecologically disastrous topic, Plastic Bag takes the audience on a whimsical ride through a landscape of waste products as the bag in question seeks to understand its maker and the meaning of its life. Also on view is Trashed, a feature-length documentary directed by U.K.-based filmmaker Candida Brady and starring Jeremy Irons. Visually and emotionally stunning, Trashed takes viewers around the globe to investigate the impact of burning waste on human health and the climate, ultimately pointing to more sustainable solutions. Plastic Bag and Trash are part of the Reel to Real documentary film series, and are presented in concert with “Reimagining Progress,” a juried art exhibition.
— Elizabeth Schwyzer


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