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Oceans, The Mystery of the Missing Plastic

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Océans, le mystère plastique by Vincent Perazio

2016 - France - 53 min

As part of the Films Across Borders: Stories of Water series, the French Embassy is proud to present a screening of Oceans, The Mystery of the Missing Plastic.

Just 1% of the plastic that ends up in the ocean floats on the surface. Scientists have begun investigating this issue more closely, turning their attention to micro plastics. These tiny particles, toxic and often invisible to the naked eye, occupy a new ecosystem: The "Plastisphere."

Product of the degradation of pieces of plastic thrown into the ocean, micro plastics perturb the scientific community. But most of these, if not all, disappear from its surface. Where are they? Ingested by living organisms? At the bottom of the oceans?

This 2016 award-winning documentary by Vincent Perazio dives into the core of our relationship to water and how this precious resource shapes human society and our daily lives. It also echoes one of France’s priorities during its 2019 G7 presidency, that of “preserving biodiversity and the oceans.”

The screening will be followed by a French-American panel discussion with Ika Paul-Pont, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) Researcher in marine ecotoxicology and Nancy Wallace, Director of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, moderated by Laura Parker, Staff Writer at National Geographic.

About Films Across Borders

Films Across Borders showcases critically acclaimed films, documentaries, shorts and virtual reality experiences from around the world. Co-presented in partnership with American University, embassy cultural organizations, arts institutions and environmental groups, the series focuses on a distinctive timely and compelling theme each year.

Now in its fifth year, the 2019 series -- Films Across Borders: Stories of Water -- brings together diverse cinematic stories about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, how this precious resource shapes human society and our daily lives. Previous film series focused on Stories of Women (2018) and ‘Stories of Migration’ (2017)

Come for the films and the enjoyment of engaging with filmmakers and topical speakers in lively post-screening discussions. Open to the public in venues around the city in October and November.