Death By Design

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies: Sustainable Ballard
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5:30 PM, Sunday, May 19, 2019
Location: Ballard (click for map)

Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side that the electronics industry doesn’t want you to see.

In an investigation that spans the globe, award-winning filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the international electronics industry and reveals how even the tiniest devices have deadly environmental and health costs.

“Death by Design” tells the stories of young Chinese workers laboring in unsafe conditions, American families living with the tragic consequences of the industry’s toxic practices, activists leading the charge to hold brands accountable, and passionate entrepreneurs who are developing more sustainable products and practices to safeguard our planet and our future.

From the intensely secretive electronics factories in China, to the high tech innovation labs of Silicon Valley, “Death by Design” tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast-approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard on Sunday, May 19th @ 5:30pm at EcoCollective, 5201 Ballard Ave, for a screening of “Death by Design.” We invite you to stay after the film for a presentation and discussion.

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 73 minutes

Director: Sue Williams

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