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Death By Design

A film by Sue Williams

Consumers love — and live on — their smartphones, tablets, and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising to be thinner, faster, and more powerful than ever before. The numbers are staggering: by 2020, five billion people will own a mobile phone.

But this global revolution has a hidden dark side. Death By Design is a documentary that explores how even the tiniest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From skyrocketing electronics manufacturing in Chinese cities, to high tech innovation and Superfund sites in Silicon Valley, the film investigates environmental degradation, health crises, and the fast-approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Death By Design tells the stories of factory workers laboring in unsafe conditions in China, American families suffering the tragic consequences of the industry’s dangerous practices, activists leading the charge to raise awareness and hold brands accountable, and entrepreneurs and scholars who are developing more sustainable products and practices to help safeguard our planet and our future.

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Massachusetts Cultural Council
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