“How about these numbers,” exclaimed Mountainfilm in Telluride in its 2010 program. “Americans spent $165 billion on consumer electronics in 2010, and we bought more than 260,000 computers a day. E-waste is the fastest-growing stream of waste in the world (there are approximately 40 million metric tons of it each year worldwide) and is the subject of this fast-paced film by Isaac Brown and Eric Flagg,  previously at Mountainfilm in 2007 with ‘Gimme Green.'”

The filmmakers made an important documentary – with the help of a 2010 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant – that turns statistics into a human story of many people.

“Gamers who need the newest high-definition screen, an earnest and effective American recycler and children in Ghana who break apart the toxic remains of our computers, cell phones and televisions. The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t prohibit the export of its e-waste,” continued Mountainfilm, “so these children are exposed to the lead, cadmium and mercury from computers once used by the Connecticut Department of Health and the EPA.”

In collaboration with Mountainfilm in Telluride, EcoAction Partners presents “Terra Blight.” The screening takes place Tuesday September 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library. The idea is to start a discussion about e-waste and inform community members about the details of the town’s recycling program.

“Terra Blight”  will be followed by a discussion about the Town of Telluride’s ‘e-cycling’ efforts and the ultimate and acquitting fate of the towns recycling efforts.

For a preview, watch this trailer>

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