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Vancouver International Film Festival
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3M7
Keynote by Stephanie Farrior, Director, Center for Applied Human Rights, plus post-screening panel discussion. Director in Attendance.
The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction: consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets, and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment, and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers.
In an investigation that spans the globe, with Death by Design, filmmaker Sue Williams explores the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community, and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast-approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.