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School Bd/College/University DVD: $450
3yr Streaming Rights: $450


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 73 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

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. 

"An extraordinary film. I have studied the problem of environmental hazards in the global electronics industry for 20 years and this is the best documentary I have seen on the subject matter. This film explains the sources of the environmental threats in the industry, demonstrates how local struggles are linked to global scale phenomena, and chronicles how community leaders around the world are taking positive steps to address these challenges. I will use this film in my courses for years to come."
- David Naguib Pellow, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara, Co-author, Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry
DVD Features
DVD includes two versions: the original 73-minute version and the 59-minute classroom version,
plus SDH captions (subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) and scene selection

Award of Excellence, Special Mention: Documentary Feature, Impact DOCS Awards
Honorable Mention, Environmental Award, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Boston Globe Filmmakers Fund Award, Globe Docs Documentary Film Festival
Honorable Mentions: Best International Documentary,
     Best Environmental Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Ojai Film Festival

Screened at:
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Traverse City Film Festival
Bergen International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital 
Mill Valley Film Festival
DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
Sonoma International Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Salt Spring Film Festival

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