The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Close Up Shared Planet
Director: Cosima Dannoritzer | Countries of production: France, Spain | Year: 2010 | Length: 75 min
Language: English, Catalan, French, German, Spanish | Age: 12+ years

The Light Bulb Conspiracy uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920’s, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to increase demand.

By exploring old and modern examples of planned obsolescence, including computer printers and the controversy over the inability to replace iPod batteries, The Light Bulb Conspiracy explores the environmental consequences of our throw away culture, as seen most dramatically in the massive amounts of electronic waste that end up in uncontrolled dump sites in Third World countries such as Ghana.

However, while the big corporations continue to produce more and more, there is a growing numbers of manufactures, activists and shoppers pushing for an alternative approach.

Advocates speak to the issues of limited resources and the need to take action: fix things, don’t throw them away.
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Spanish Television Academy Awards, Winner, Best Documentary

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