The Burning Field

Ghana

Running time: 71 minutes - Language: Twi & Dagbani w/English subtitles - Year: 2019

Official Trailer

Film Summary

In this immersive portrait of life in an environmental wasteland, four young Ghanaians struggle to navigate work and relationships over a single day in Agbogbloshie, the largest e-waste dump on earth. Told entirely from their unique perspectives and in their own words, verité sequences capture telling moments from lives spent dismantling and burning electronic appliances from around the world, and the steep toll that it takes both on them and on the environment. Inspired by classic ethnographic films from the likes of Robert Gardner and Timothy Asch, this film is a visceral, intentionally challenging portrait of those who work in Agbogbloshie.

Category: Sustainability & Human Rights

Filmmaker

Justin Weinrich

Justin is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker and journalist with over a decade of experience directing, writing, shooting and editing nonfiction films. His work has aired on The National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and PBS, as well as theatrically worldwide. His projects include the Emmy nominated Hard Time series for National Geographic and the Genesis Award winning Animal Planet Investigates: Canned Hunting. In 2015 Justin post-produced and edited the feature documentary Curiosity, Adventure & Love, which won numerous festival awards including the Special Jury Prize at the World Premieres Festival Philippines and Best Documentary a the Soho International Film Festival. In 2016 Justin started Elephant Lake, a production company dedicated to using the art of filmmaking and new media to explore unique ethnographic, scientific, and environmental perspectives of our ever-evolving world.