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in love with a problem documentary.

a film by Julie Kim


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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.

Available to Watch on:

CBC Gem 

Telus Storyhive 

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director statement.

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

production assistants,

          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


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We are thrilled about the excitement that has already been created around In Love With a Problem, but we know it doesn't stop here. We have impact plans coming, but if you find a synergy and/want to connect with the In Love With a Problem team, we'd be ecstatic to talk!


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