BSoA movie screening focuses on the global trash problem


An ‘eye-opening’ documentary about the extent and effects of the global waste problem, will be screening at the Bermuda Society of the Arts (BSoA) tomorrow evening.

‘Trashed’ will be showing at the gallery, located in City Hall, at 6pm. Starting off with a reception at 5.30pm, the film will also be followed by a panel discussion with members from environmental groups: KBB, Greenrock, BEST and Waste Management.

The representatives will speak to the waste problem on the Island and possible solutions.

‘Trashed’ follows British actor Jeremy Irons as he travels across the globe to beautiful destinations that have been tainted by pollution.

He discovers that 58 billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, as well as billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste are thrown out each year.

“We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it,” read the film’s official website. “Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce?”

Gallery director Lesley Rego felt it would be appropriate to screen the film while the gallery’s latest show ‘TrashArt 2012: Litter-arti’ was up and running. The exhibit will be on display until Tuesday (September 17).

She said BSoA had been involved with shows involving trash art since the 1980s.

After seeing the documentary, Ms Rego contacted the director of the movie and obtained the licence for the Bermuda premiere screening tomorrow night.

She said: “This is a very powerful and sometimes shocking documentary, focusing on the amount of non-biodegradable waste in our environment.

“We hope that the audience will go away with more knowledge of this problem that especially impacts our island with trash from elsewhere ruining our fragile environment.

“I hope that it changes our attitude and habits towards waste disposal on the Island.”

She described the film as a real ‘eye-opener’ and said: “I would encourage everyone to see it”.

“The pollution of our environment on the land, in the oceans and in the air is a global problem that impacts everyone in some way. It is especially concerning for Bermuda as we are such a small land mass, and we are in the middle of the North Atlantic Gyre.

“If you don’t know what that is, then you really should come to see the movie.

“Most of us have been very complacent consumers, and have not thought about what happens to everything we throw away — you will see that there is no ‘away’.”

Tickets to the screening of ‘Trashed’ are $15 and can be reserved by e-mailing bsoa@ibl.bm or by calling 292-3824. There is limited seating available, so people are encouraged to book in advance.

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Published Sep 11, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm)

BSoA movie screening focuses on the global trash problem

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