Death by Design

The Dirty Secret of our Digital Addiction

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Official film description...

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, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Further reviews...

“Vital. Provocative in its focus on giant American corporations.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“You won't look at your iPhone in quite the same way again after viewing Sue William's thoughtful documentary.” – The Seattle Times

“Both jaw-dropping and heartbreaking, Death by Design forces the viewer to reconsider their whole approach to technology” – Aesthetica Magazine

“Next time you’re craving the latest smartphone, watch ‘Death by Design’ instead.” – Seattle Business Magazine

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Sue Williams
Script: Sue Williams
Production: Sue Williams, Hilary Klotz Steinman
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Runtime: 73 mins
Languages (Audio): English
World Rights: Ambrica Productions
Screening Rights Switzerland: Bullfrog Films
Screening Rights Germany: Bullfrog Films

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