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Plastic People: The Hidden Crisis of Microplastics

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Forty percent of global plastics production is single use. That microplastics have infiltrated the animal kingdom has been known for some time now: they’re in the oceans, in the soil, and in the food chain. So it’s hardly surprising that they’re now being found in the human body, even in the brain. This alarming documentary by Ben Addelman and Ziya Tong points out that there is a lot we don’t know about the long-term effects of this universal infiltration, but suggests we might want to put the brakes on plastic production now, before it’s too late…


May 25: Q&A with Agnes Black, Registered Nurse and board member from Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE); moderated by Alixandra Buck (DOC Northwest)


A crucial documentary about how plastic is literally invading us all… It takes an issue you think you’ve grasped and colors it in. It takes your scattershot information and fuses it into a fuller vision – of the past, and the future.

Owen Gleiberman, Variety


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Agnes (Aggie) is a Registered Nurse and board member for CANE (Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment). She works for Providence Health Care as Director of Research & Knowledge Translation, where she is also one of the facilitators of the Environmental Stewardship Team. She completed her BSN at the University of Washington, Seattle; and her Master of Public Health at Simon Fraser University. She is an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Nursing and Research Associate, Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes.

Alix spent nearly a decade in communications and advocacy for humanitarian organizations before becoming a documentary filmmaker. She has worked as director, writer, and editor for several productions in BC, notably as the editor for the Adhel Productions series, Katiba Banat: Sisters in Arms in 2023.


Ben Addelman & Ziya Tong

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84 min

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Executive Producer

Peter Raymont, Rick Smith, Steve Ord


Vanessa Dylyn, Stephen Pannicia

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