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Terra Blight (DVD 10630) shines a light on the hazardous environmental impact made by discarded personal electronics. Terra Blight challenges the myth that computers are making the world “greener.” In fact, our constant consumption of new tech may be filling our planet with toxic wastelands. Events like the computer game convention QuakeCon are shown in a dour perspective given the negative environmental impact its attendees will have once they eventually dispose their computers.
Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet.
By the film’s end, the audience will never look at their computer the same way again.