Plastic Bag

Struggling with its immortality, a discarded plastic bag ventures through the barren remains of America as it searches for its maker.

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Series
FUTURESTATES
Premiere Date
March 5, 2010
Length
19 minutes
Funding Initiative
Digital Series and Special Projects

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The Film

This short film by American director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world.

In the end, the wayward plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into the Pacific Ocean trash vortex — a promised nirvana where it will settle among its own kind and gradually let the memories of its maker slip away.

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