Plastisapiens

  • Miri Chekhanovich, Edith Jorisch
  • Canada, Israel
  • 2022
  • 15 min
  • Installation, Immersive
  • European Premiere
  • DocLab: Nervous Systems, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

Microscopic plastic particles are now everywhere, including in the food we eat. What implications does this have for the future of humanity? In this VR eco-fiction you experience the gradual evolution from microbe to plastisapiens: from a single-celled organism from the earliest prehistoric times, via a mollusk with tentacles, and finally to a breathing hybrid creature.

Despite the serious underlying issues, this meditative time travel has a playful, slightly ironic tone. All your present eco-stress and worries about the future give way to wonder and beauty. Forget all the disturbing news stories, and just breathe in and out. In this enchanting universe, you become a new kind of creature, amalgamated with plastic, and that’s totally fine.

In addition to the VR experience, you can also take a seat in the kitchen, where you ritualistically experience what it’s like to be a plastisapiens. Feel, smell and taste the bioplastics prepared on the spot.

Credits

  • 15 min
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Miri Chekhanovich, Edith Jorisch
Co-director
Dpt.
Production
Marie-Pier Gauthier for National Film Board of Canada, Isabelle Repelin for National Film Board of Canada, Raphaëlle Sleurs for Dpt., Miri Chekhanovich, Danae Elon, Lalibela Productions Israel
Key collaborator
Nicolas S. Roy for Dpt., Maude Thibodeau for Dpt., The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, The Israel Film Council, The Ministry for Culture and Sports, Canada Media Fund, The National Film Board of Canada
Executive producer
Louis-Richard Tremblay

IDFA history

2022
European Premiere
DocLab: Nervous Systems
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

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