Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao were still in high school when they discovered plastic-eating bacteria in Vancouver’s Fraser River.
Passionate about the problem of plastic waste, the two millennial innovators have been on an inspiring journey to solve it ever since. Their dedication has taken them all the way to Silicon Valley — and from bacteria to cutting-edge chemistry.
festivals + nominations
The journey of this documentary started with me googling plastic pollution solutions. I discovered some articles featuring a couple of local young female scientists on the hunt for change. One cold call to Miranda Wang in Menlo Park, California, started a years-long conversation, that resulted in my project telling their story. My intention is to instil knowledge and hope for future generations, specifically inspired by my own teenage daughter. Younger generations are hearing constant doom and gloom that span from school to social media, creating an increasing depression and anxiety for the future of our planet.
Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao are addressing the problem straight on, and showing the world their curiosity and caring, is enough to make some big changes.
I believe these two young women are incredible role models for girls, youth, leadership and in life. I learned that my own contribution to our pollution problem is to bring a voice to people like our young scientists who are finding ways to combat climate change and encourage a prosperous eco-economy. For us, our children and their future.
director, julie kim
producer, giuliana bertuzzi
line producer, amber-leigh polowich
video + story editor, kim frank
cinematographer, philip lanyon
music composer, daryl bennett
1st assistant camera / b cam operator, desmond may
1st assistant camera, ian beer
dit, filip smola
still photographer, sean best
gaffer, steven de zwart
key grip, rhys brisbin
sound mixer, ian jones + timothy kubbinga
hair + makeup artist, shannon reynolds
production accountant, maria klukova
lambert novakovski + craig engeman + ian cooper
san francisco gaffer, luke seerveld
san francisco sound mixer, jim choi
sound design + mix, humberto corte / parlante sound
dialogue editor, miguel araujo
sfx, editor alex lara
post production house, finale post
animator, sumit seru / common theory
retoucher, wayne hoecherl
graphic designer, johanna neufeld / top secret agency
illustrator, lela turner
produced in association with telus / telus storyhive
produced in association with CBC
developed with the participation of creative bc
produced with the participation of the film incentive program