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By EMILY JENSEN
[ONE WEEK ONLY] Perched atop a steaming mountain of animal carcasses, rotting vegetables and a rainbow of plastic waste on the coast of Lebanon, actor-turned-activist Jeremy Irons still manages to look oddly elegant. Irons, who you might remember as the voice of Mufasa’s evil brother Scar from Disney’s The Lion King, is endlessly charming as he roams through garbage heaps around the globe. He expresses genuine and contagious alarm in his musical British accent as he explores the polluted rivers of Indonesia, poisonous soil surrounding landfills in England and rubbish-laden expanses in China. There’s something about his disarming candor, combined with journalist and filmmaker Candida Brady’s sharp narrative built around two years of intensive research, that sets this environmental documentary apart from its preachier counterparts. The film drives home what many people—most Portlanders, at least—already know, but of which they could use some reminding: If we humans don’t start thinking more critically and consciously about where our waste goes, we’re shooting ourselves and our future children in the feet. Around these compost-crazy parts, it may just feel like a pat on the back, but the film’s global distribution could easily be the clear and compelling wake-up call others need to change their habits.
 

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Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Friday-Thursday, April 12-18
 
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: A
  • Directed by: Candida Brady [Director], Candida Brady [Executive Producer], Rose Ganguzza [Executive Producer], Jeremy Irons [Executive Producer], Titus Ogilvy [Executive Producer], Tom Wesel [Executive Producer], Vangelis [Original Music], Kate Coggins [Film Editor], James Coward [Film Editor], Jamie Trevill [Film Editor], Garry Waller [Art Director]
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