“Digital Cemeteries”, the documentary by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, will be screened in Building Bridges Human Rights Festival in Venice, on Saturday December 10th at 16:15.
The Festival is organised by Master’s Degree students of the of the European Inter-University Centrefor Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). This year second edition of the film festival is called “Movement“ and is addressing the topics of migration and human rights in the context of Globalization.
“Where does your computer goes when it dies”? That’s the question of “Digital Cemeteries, the documentary that has already won 3 international prizes. Our favourite PC parts contain toxic and carcinogenic materials. Thus, when it stops working, it turns into a dangerous electronic waste which must be recycled following rigid specifications.
Filmed in China, the documentary by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, unveils how developed countries find it cheaper to export their elecronic waste to poorer nations instead of managing it. In doing so, they force billions of people to choose between poisoning and poverty, while the planet’s seas, rivers, soil and air are being irreparably contaminated. Up to 50,000,000 tons of our “digital civilization” ends up illegally in China. In cemetery cities, computers are cut into pieces, rinsed in acid baths and incinerated by legions of impoverished workers and underage children, who tear these parts to pieces with their bare hands for a dollar a day.