Director: Wang Jiuliang
Duration: 82 minutes
影片导演王久良，制作完成于2017年中国实施禁废令前，2016年《塑料王国》获得阿姆斯特丹国际纪录片电影节新人单元评委会大奖，2017年入围圣丹斯电影节世界纪录片主竞赛单元和FIRST最佳纪录片竞赛。当时的中国作为世界上最大的废旧塑料进口国，废旧塑料回收产业给中国这个“世界工厂”带来了制造廉价商品所需的原料，可同时也给这片土地带来了巨大的环境灾难。故事就发生在一个有着30多年废旧塑料加工历史的沿海小镇。来自世界各地的塑料垃圾构筑了影片主人公——依姐，童年生活的“ 王国 ”。12岁的依姐早在4年前就应该入学，那时她的父亲承诺等打工赚了钱就送她上学。一晃4年过去了，这期间依姐不断地做着抗争，她的命运如同这个边缘化的产业一样变得不可知。
The film is directed by Wang Jiuliang and was completed prior to China's implementation of the waste import ban in 2017. In 2016, the documentary "Plastic Kingdom" won the Jury Award in the Newcomer Section at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. In 2017, it was selected for the World Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary Competition at the FIRST Film Festival.
At that time, China, as the world's largest importer of plastic waste, benefited from the recycling industry of plastic waste, which provided raw materials for producing inexpensive goods in the "world's factory." However, it also brought about significant environmental disasters to the land. The story takes place in a coastal town with a history of over 30 years in plastic waste processing. The protagonist of the film, Yi Jie, is shaped by plastic garbage from around the world, constituting her childhood "kingdom." Yi Jie, who is 12 years old, should have started school four years ago, with her father promising to send her to school once he earned enough money from working. However, four years have passed, and during this time, Yi Jie has been constantly struggling. Her fate, much like this marginalized industry, has become uncertain.
故事梗概 Story Synopsis
录片《塑料王国》聚焦于中国山东的一个小型塑料回收厂，呈现了里面两家人的故事。主角依姐是一个失学的11岁女孩，她和酗酒的父亲及家人住在这间回收厂里。观众可以看到，这个回收厂里废弃物的堆积如山，这些被遗弃的塑料垃圾包括各种废旧物品、玩具、电子设备等等，但在这里，废弃物并不是一文不值，而是被当做可再生资源，可以回收再利用。 依姐几乎是通过这些废弃物来认识这个世界的，例如，英国儿童卡片教她认识英文单词。她用回收塑料的废水洗头，和玩伴们在污染的河床上捞死掉的小鱼。尽管这些孩子们看似在享受生活，但他们无法理解这些塑料垃圾对于环境和人类的危害。 随着故事的发展，观众逐渐了解到，这些被回收的塑料垃圾不仅仅来自于中国，而是来自于全球各地。中国成为了全球废塑料回收的最大市场，大量的塑料垃圾被从全球各地运来，在中国的小型回收厂里得到回收再利用，而这些厂家对于废塑料回收的卫生、环保标准却相对较低，造成了严重的环境和人类危害。 整部影片通过观察这些小型回收厂的生产过程，以及厂家和工人的故事，从多个角度展现了全球废塑料回收和利用的现状，呼吁人们关注塑料污染问题，提高环保意识，共同保护我们的地球家园。
The documentary film "Plastic Kingdom" focuses on a small plastic recycling factory in Shandong, China, and tells the stories of two families within it. The protagonist, Yi Jie, is an 11-year-old girl who dropped out of school and lives with her alcoholic father and family in this recycling facility. The audience is exposed to the overwhelming piles of waste in the factory, consisting of abandoned plastic garbage, including various discarded items, toys, electronic devices, and more. However, in this place, waste is not considered worthless but rather treated as a renewable resource that can be recycled and reused.
Yi Jie's understanding of the world is largely shaped through these discarded materials. For example, she learns English words from British children's cards. She washes her hair with wastewater from recycling plastics and plays with friends, fishing for dead fish in the polluted riverbed. Despite seemingly enjoying their lives, these children fail to comprehend the environmental and human harm caused by plastic waste.
As the story unfolds, the audience gradually learns that the recycled plastic waste does not solely originate from China but comes from all around the world. China has become the largest global market for plastic waste recycling, with massive amounts of plastic garbage being shipped from various parts of the globe and processed in small-scale recycling factories in China. However, these factories often have lower hygiene and environmental standards for plastic waste recycling, leading to severe environmental and human hazards.
Through observing the production process in these small recycling factories and showcasing the stories of the factory owners and workers, the film sheds light on the current state of global plastic waste recycling and utilization from multiple perspectives. It urges people to pay attention to the issue of plastic pollution, raise environmental awareness, and work together to protect our planet, our home.
Wang Jiuliang is regarded as the first independent documentary filmmaker in China to raise environmental awareness through the camera lens. He is a freelance photographer based in Beijing. From 2007 to 2008, he documented a photography series called "Ghost Belief." Since 2008, Wang Jiuliang has been investigating garbage pollution in Beijing. He has captured a photography series titled "Waste Tide" and a documentary film of the same name.