Plastic China

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Plastic China’s main character Yi-Jie is an unschooled 11-year-old girl whose family works and lives in a typical plastic waste household-recycling workshop. As much as her life is poor and distorted, she’s a truly global child who learns the outside world from the waste workshop that her family lives in and works in - also known as the “United Nations of Plastic Wastes.” She lives her happiness and sorrows amongst the waste,, as well. Small packs of discarded instant black powder tells her the bitter taste of “coffee”; the English children’s learning cards teach her words like “summer” and “father’s day”; and brokenBarbie dolls are her best friends to talk to. This is her world.
Plastic China explores how this work of recycling plastic waste with their bare hands takes a toll not only on their health, but also their own dilemma of poverty, disease, pollution and death. All of this to eek out a daily living.

Director Jiu-liang Wang
Location China
Duration 49 min.
Genre Human Interest / Society / Life
Air Date (JST) Sat., May 12, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Aug. 21, 2017

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Jiu-liang Wang

Jiu-liang Wang


Director of the award-winning and impactful documentary film BEIJING BESIEGED BY WASTE, Jiuliang Wang graduated from the Communication University of China, School of Cinematic Arts in 2007. From 2007 to 2008, he finished a set of photography work about Chinese traditional superstitions. He started investigating the landfill pollution around Beijing in 2008. In 2011, he finished BEIJING BESIEGED BY WASTE, a set of photography work and a documentary with the same name. From 2012 to now, he has been working on the documentary PLASTIC CHINA, which premiered at Sundance 2017.


2016 Plastic China (Documentary/ Director)
2012 Beijing Besieged by Waste (Documentary/ Director & Producer)

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