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Actor Jeremy Irons Exposes Earth’s Pollution in Eco-Doc ‘Trashed’ |DVD Pick

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trashedTrashed. 97 min. Dist. by Green Planet Films. 2013. Schools $129, public libraries $69. ISBN unavail.
Gr 7-12–In this grim and shocking eco-documentary, actor Jeremy Irons travels the world investigating the monumental waste produced by our consumer-oriented lifestyles. Irons—calm, sometimes concerned, but with touches of lightness—is well suited presenting the harsh facts he offers. Some of the aftereffects of rampant waste are trash mountains seeping toxic waste into the Mediterranean, dying turtles and barren whales, plastic debris polluting the oceans, children with birth defects, undrinkable milk, and unbreathable air. Divided into four parts covering land, air, water, and then solutions, this eye-opening examination offers a glimmer of hope if only because some basic recycling strategies are seriously proposed and seen enforced. It doesn’t have to end badly for the Earth, suggests the film, but the time to act is now. Enhanced by an interesting, if somewhat downbeat, score; excellent photography; and insightful interviews, this work should be compulsory viewing for both students and adults.–Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly of Trinity-Pawling School Library, Pawling, NY

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