A Plastic Ocean: a film review

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Submitted by anahit_____ on Sun, 27/12/2020 - 10:19

It's too difficult to watch those poor animals dying, I am trying to do my best to help my world: we have 3 boxes at home for plastic, for glass and for paper, and if each of us does this we will have a huge progress. SO START TODAY, BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!!!

Submitted by emoliveira1 on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 14:36

A very interesting documentary, that also makes us think about our role in the planet, is from David Attenborough's "A Life on Our Planet". You can watch it on Netflix and you will reflect on our impact on nature. The time to take action is right now! It is very important to become aware of all the issues related to plastic use, carbon emission, animal extinction, etc. I will for sure watch "A Plastic Ocean" on Netflix. Thank you for the suggestion and the review. :)
That documentary was so amazingly presented. And the sad part of it that there can be any movies or videos on this subject I don't think anything will change. But better to say that these movies don't reach people in need. People who sit down and watch it have already know this is a real program. :/

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 22/12/2020 - 14:17

I'm very interested in documentary films. I prefer documentaries related to successful humans, history, journeys, etc.

Submitted by Fatima123 on Thu, 26/11/2020 - 11:58

Its so sad and pathetic that after knowing all the facts about ocean pollution, we are still not controlling our plastic usage.

Submitted by joyie on Sat, 14/11/2020 - 14:03

I can realize the evil influences of plastic waste so that i’m going to try my best to decrease plastic items in my life. I made some fabric bags to hold food while buying them from market. Futhermore, i always bring some glass boxes instead containing food in plastic containers.
I applaud you for actually making a positive effort to reduce your plastic waste footprint. I would love to see your fabric bags.

Submitted by Ben2020 on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 00:14

I think whole world need working together to solve global pollution, everyone play a role ,classify the garbage separation of plastic and food etc.

Submitted by Lilly098 on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 18:52

I would love to recommend Nas Dailly YouTube channel. The video mainly talks about a wide variety of problems and facts in all around the world. How he depicts country is very accurate and well researched. Most interesting video was how Hawaii treats homeless people. Every students should be recommended to watch and take some actions.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 14:58

I usually don't see documentary films; i prefer to read some books or magazines. Concerning in particular the environmental issues, it look like many short films of the kind tend to draw attention rather than showing these themes in dept.

Submitted by AnnaSmith on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 20:26

To be honest I am not good at it. Maybe it is time to start watching it especially as I know there are a lot of interesting documentaries on Netflix now.

Submitted by Abdulhadi94 on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 10:18

What documentary films would you recommend To tell you the truth I have just seen two episode of our planet which i strongly recommended for you guys to watch it . It is simply explain our planet and tell us about the huge problem that as human has done to the planet
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Submitted by danisep on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 01:24

The last documentary I watched was about rubber. If I remember right, it talks about how farmers receive just a minimum part of a rich business and how big companies or its suppliers stay with the big part of the cake. Those farmers make the hard work while the rubber's price increases through a chain.
Then you should know about the rubber industry which reached its peak a 100 years ago here in South America, especially in the Amazon region shared by Brasil and Bolivia. Apart from the unsustainable exploitation, all the human rights violations made by rubber firms against indigenous people. It is something shocking to see, it was practically slavery that killed thousand of aborigens. Similarly, this happened too in King Leopold's Congo, Belgian colony.
You are so correct here. Of course the Belgian Congo genocide was on a par with Hitler and the Nazi's and Pol Pot - Travesties of injustice against mankind. I experienced the gross injustice of Apartheid in South Africa.

Submitted by Rihaneta 1 on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 14:00

The last documentary file I have watched is " social dilemma ", it was produced by Netflix, it was released last September. It is talking about social media and how they impact. I don`t use social media, sometimes I use you tube, however, I have felt shocked after watching this movie. If you want to help your self to go far away from social media then watch this movie. Thanks a lot!
I completely agree with you Rihaneta. The new way to communicate has two sides of coin. On one hand, we are able to connect or to discover the news easier, faster. However, on other hand, we are loosing our ability to read deep and strong literature, we are loosing our ability to ponder. Unfortunately, we have the same trash not only on our planet but in our minds, too.

Submitted by Lincoln01 on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 15:42

Discussion on the effect of plastic waste to marine life is long overdue. Aquatic life is always in danger by the action of man. It is high time we start considering other living creatures on this planet as well

Submitted by yzdxsmx on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 09:25

I rewatched an old documentary named Ocean last week. It doesn't take any point of view of the filmmaker, but simply show you how marine animals are living in their natural habitat. After I read this text, I imagine that those marine animals might be killed by the plastic we dumped into the ocean, which makes me feel guilty and realize that we have to act together to make the planet better.
I would like to maintain your thought about what we can do together to make our planet better. For instance, my family and I stopped using the plastic packets.

Submitted by ukazak on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 05:59

I would like to tell about new documentary on Netflix. It's name the social drama. This movie about social media and how they impact for us. Frankly speaking, evereday I use instagram, youtube, twitter. I spend a lot of time for serfing on Internet. I think, It's so bad because I don't have time for me or my family. It's dangrerous trand. But on the other hand, we able to use social media some different. For instance, we can study or met with interesting people. In conclusion, I recomend to wath this movie.

Submitted by shawn peter ru… on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 06:34

actually i very love the imaginational films and series like(stranger things, Dark...) and sometimes illusive and last time films(like 100 ...) but we should accept that we are living in the earth planet and we should do something about our future generation and we should ready for hard condition i recommand the documatry of( Home) by Yann Artus

Submitted by Robin on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 11:41

Hi everyone, I am a new user on this website. I find it, very efficient. Well, to answer the question, I love watching documentaries, especially with my kids. We watch ones a lot and whatever the documentary. The last documentary I watched is about the environment. It was called "Tomorrow". The two filmmakers are French. They tell about differents ways to have a less consommation and to product less and better. It was very interesting to see that there are a lot of people in many countries worldwide who make the planet better
I'm looking forward to watching this documentary too.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 29/09/2020 - 09:03

This is the right question, I would like to say because I love documentary films. Especially about nature. I think the BBC makes the best documentary films. I watched them a lot. The last one was "Planet Earth". Awesome movie about our planet. Each episode shows a particular part of mother-nature: rivers, oceans, mountains, deserts, jungles and so. Every series strike your imagination with an unbelievably interesting story about different species in their habitat. All this looks so realistic, I really had that feeling like I stood near the operators or dived with them in the depth of water. And, of course, the problem of pollution was on the table in each episode. Unfortunately, we make a huge (and horrible, telling the truth) impact on the planet. Every day we kill our big home with rubbish, emissions, and forest clearance. It's hard to swallow pill, but sometimes, it seems, it would be better that humans don't exist at all. Honestly, I'm not a panic kind of guy but I can't imagine how we can manage all this damage we made.

Submitted by Nehir on Sat, 19/09/2020 - 10:12

Actually, I don't like documentaries but my sister likes so much. That's why sometimes I watch some of them. My favorite is 25 Litre. I would definetely recommend this. It is about how we can protect our water and reuse it. It's on National Geografics. In fact, I am bored when I am watching documentaries but it isn't boring. You can trust me.:) Have a look, it is absoluately important for everyone and also a good TV show.

Submitted by haiduong on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 14:36

The damage we've done to the environment is quite enormous, not just limited in the plastic-consuming area. Other problems such as deforestation, exhaust fumes increasing,... are gradually killing Mother Earth. "Before the flood" also has a great demonstration of this. Our extensive emission of chemicals such as CFC, CO2,... has created the dilemma-global warming whose effects are greatly dangerous. Not only this is reflected in the film but also many other matters are, too. So just watch it and I promise you it'll be worth your time.

Submitted by Roblox on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 16:22

I don't see a lot of these kind of movies but I know that the world is suffering because of using ginormous of plastic and I am concerned. It isn't just hurting mother nature but also animals. I am agree that we need to push government and society harder abandoning plastic for good. We need to move forward and protect our world and living things.

Submitted by Denmart on Mon, 31/08/2020 - 19:03

Hello everyone! I'd like to recommend you a movie "The true cost". It's the movie that can make you think about real cost of clothes. It illustrates the devastating impact of the modern fashion industry on the countries of the third world and our lives. Spoiler alert: just a simple dress can destroy marine life in some meaning. We now produce a staggering amount of clothes every single day. An we throw away the same amount every day. Our consumerism that swallows our money, time and happiness also forces the people of India, Africa and other places work for 10 dollars/month. The movie "The true cost" is worth your attention. Just watch it.

Submitted by Rashy on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 09:11

Hi i liked the course very much so this part of the course getting hard for me to understand because my level of English was lower before it helped me lot even though I could do with some help to understand these parts much appreciated

Submitted by Arezoo Maleki on Sat, 22/08/2020 - 14:38

I highly recommend watching "Man on Wire". It's about Philippe Petit who performed an incredible act: He walked across the twin towers of New York on a high wire rigged between the two buildings. although he was arrested after 1-hour dancing on there he is truly inspiring man.it is summed up in one statement Anything is possible if you put all of your heart into your goal and refuse to give up!!"

Submitted by melisong56 on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 13:03

I don’t really look much into the documentary films but I could recommend 一条 or we can call it “Yit” on youtube. It talks about the unique things of Chinese Lifestyle, in many sort of different way. What I like the most is when they talk about the architectural/Interior project that has been done in Asia. The channel itself has a very diligent way to shoot a scenes and represent the topic into amazing contents.

Submitted by nayelot on Mon, 17/08/2020 - 22:17

Hello everyone! I would recommend a documentarie about disease problems, diet, food industrie. "What The Health" It is really good film. :)

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Submitted by zhaow on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 12:45

I would recommend a documentary about Chinese food, its name is 'a bite of China'. It presents a wide variety of unique vegetables, cuisines, cooking skills and cultures around China. It is a good way to learn about authentic Chinese food and related culture.

Submitted by Omer_moh on Sat, 27/06/2020 - 18:20

My favorite decumentary film about porsche car's factory. The factory located in Germany and the film tells how one of the most luxury cars in the world is made. Also it mentione why this vehicle consider one of the best cars in the world and It tells a bout the unique design of the vehicle and why porsche engineers choose to install the car's engine in the back moreover the reason of chosen flat type engine and the film provide more technical information about the type of brake system, air dynamic of the body, the hight of the car and the sophisticated system of the vehicle. I recommend to watch this film specially the car's fans and automobile engineers.

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Submitted by MohamedMaher on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 21:35

after I read this, I am going to watch A Plastic Ocean

Submitted by Muhammad Bagir on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 04:07

I think Planet Earth on BBC is the best. It can makes us know our planet deeper.

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Submitted by jsanchezv on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 18:28

Dear Ligma, I think that this is not a fake. You can find in the literature a lot of articles related with this topic. The plastic bags and other related product or derived from plastic is a topic that is a global problematic since is a related pollution topic. As this documentary is so interesting, you can also address your thinking in other way, I mean, you can take awareness about the actual global situation and try to avoid the use of plastic. Finally, I would like to recommend this documentary and definitively is a very interesting topic for learning English. :)

Submitted by Htet Min Khant… on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 08:58

I would like to recommend "Super Size Me" documentary film.It shows how fast-food can change our weight easily in a short time if we eat them regularly.We can see clearly the physical and mental side effects that we'll suffer when we are overweight in this.So,I suggest you to watch this film to know how important our diets are.

Submitted by Ahmadbassam on Sun, 10/05/2020 - 12:41

I would recommend A Plastic Ocean. It is an interesting and useful film.
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Submitted by lucasfuini on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 12:58

I love documentaries and i would recommend "A Plastic Ocean" because it´s very important and urgent think about our model of life based in consumerism.

Submitted by Roberta75 on Fri, 01/05/2020 - 17:07

I have enjoyed the reading and I would recommend the Salgado documentary on how he and his family attempted to return to live a very desertic area in Brasil by planting many new trees
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Wed, 22/04/2020 - 22:37

I would recommend 'A Plastic Ocean".