Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Plastic Bag by Ramin Bahrani

This delightful and gently profound film by Ramin Bahrani charts the existential journey of a plastic bag, as voiced by Werner Herzog (career defining role)*. It begins as a love story, but is also charged with issues surrounding sustainability and waste (arguably the main theme, though I'm not sure), grief and loss, even fear of ones own mortality (or immortality), all told in a artful, engaging and surprisingly plausible way.

Included are some really interesting shots of the The great Plastic Vortex of the Pacific which if you don't know about already, you should probably look up because it's deeply distressing and I wouldn't want you to feel too good about things. (from the attached lesson plan, looks like this film is getting shown in some American schools)

*do not be alarmed- although there is a plastic bag arguably 'dancing' in the 'wind', there is no reference to it being 'the most beautiful thing I've ever seen'.

thanks to Maddie for hooking me up with this vid.


Matt Cameron said...

"I wish you had created me so I could die"

Such a fantastic piece of film making. Fascinating how it charges our personal feelings about mortality with that of the careless way we manipulate our resources.

Claudia said...

yes, i wonder if we have short circuited in our way of thought..our expectations of life and what we believe we are entitled to has grown grotesquely out of proportion with what we are doing to sustain it. We take more, expect more, (physically, spiritually, emotionally) and give back less than we ever have – have we really reached a point where creation is actually destructive? Did that point come a long time ago?

films such as this are the key to sending the right environmental message – it tightly binds the dilemmas- those primal fears- we feel in ourselves to the consequences of the destruction we cause. It isn't manipulative or preachy, because we are, in this very obvious way, bound to the planet. the voice is a mirror to our own and it's showing us the frightening disparity between what we expect for ourselves and what we are happy to expect for everything else.

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