Death by Design

2016 | USA | NR | 73 min.


The Buzz Sat, Jul 30, 2016 6:00 PM
City Opera House Sun, Jul 31, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Cinema Salon
Free Movies at the Buzz
Release Year:2016
Runtime:73 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sue Williams
Produced by:Dan Cogan
Julie Goldman
Sue Williams
Editing By:Adam Zucker


What does it cost to upgrade to the newest iPhone every year? The price is likely higher than you think, because it’s not just financial, it’s social and environmental. Did you know that it takes 500 pounds of raw material to make just one 8-ounce iPhone? Sue Williams’ fascinating documentary traverses the globe to track the true cost of our ever-increasing addiction to devices that are deliberately designed for obsolescence, much as Detroit’s cars once were. As consumers, we constantly crave the latest laptops, tablets, phones, and gaming systems, lured by promises of faster speeds and more powerful technology. But the whole world pays a heavy price for our ravenous appetite. From Chinese workers laboring in unsafe conditions and families exposed to toxic materials, to factories dumping their pollutants into our communities, Williams offers a no-holds-barred account of our technology churn—as well as some surprising ideas for fixing it. In Person: Director Sue Williams.