Filmtipp – plastic planet – children of the plastic age

We come into contact with it every day: plastic is everywhere. As a lamp, toothbrush or even on the car – most products are largely made of plastic. What is so bad about it and why it poses a real danger to humanity is what the classic "Plastic Planet" by Werner Boote is about.

Many have already seen pictures of turtles choking on plastic bags. Just do something about it? According to Werner Boote, director and author of "Plastik Planet", the most important thing is to first of all explain the topic. "I read a lot about parts of the topic of plastics and saw numerous television reports that repeatedly addressed individual aspects. However, I was surprised that there is no film that puts all the pieces of the puzzle on the table and puts them together, ”explains Werner Boote about his approach. "With Plastik Planet I wanted to show how extensive this problem is and how much it affects each of us."

The director researched for his documentary for almost ten years. He started production in summer 2003. For this he was able to win the producer Thomas Bogner from Neue Sentimental Film Entertainment. The German producer Daniel Zuta joined in 2006. The complex production, financing and development took almost four years. Shooting dates were scheduled for spring 2007 to spring 2008. This was followed by another one-year post-production phase.

The film was shot in the UK, Finland, Austria, Japan, India, Morocco and Uganda, among others. “I chose places and interview partners out of personal interest. After a lot of research, I decided which scientists seemed to inspire confidence and then accompanied them for months and years, ”says Boote. It was the same for him with the locations. He went there "where the contradictions can best be shown: such as on a Japanese island, which is referred to as the ‘island of nature’, although it has a major garbage problem".

On their own
The film team has agreed to have a blood test done for the documentation. The results were both surprising and shocking for everyone involved: Plastic substances such as bisphenol A, phthalates and flame retardants were detected in the blood plasma.

The message
With his documentary, Boote does not want to call for no more plastic at all. This would have little effect. Rather, he is concerned with "making people think, thinking about not buying so much plastic junk anymore." He thinks that’s great. "Then we have all won a lot," he adds.

The book about the film
"Plastic Planet: The Dark Side of Plastics" by Gerhard Pretting and Werner Boote. Published by

So what is plastic?

Plastic originally comes from Greek and stands for shaped or shaping art. In the meantime the word has slipped into our vocabulary for plastics of all kinds. In turn, plastics are synthetic, which means that they contain petroleum as a raw material. Or they are semi-synthetic, which means that they have been obtained by modifying natural polymers. Chemical transformations are used to produce plastics either from natural products such as rubber from the sap of the rubber trees (rubber) or by synthesizing smaller molecules into chains of molecules.

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The entire film can now be viewed free of charge in the media center of the "Federal Center for Political Education".

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