FILM – Memoirs of a Plague

Plane flying over a field through a swarm of locustsMemoirs of a Plague
Category: Environmental Ethics
Release Date: 2010
Duration: 75 minutes
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The plague of grasshoppers that infested Australia in September 2010 was the most massive in that country’s history—and filmmaker Robert Nugent was there, turning his camera on the farmers, residents, and crops affected by the insects. While desperate towns tried to combat the grasshoppers, Nugent used it as an opportunity to frame the story in a more expansive context; the finished product, the 2011 “Memoirs of a Plague,” is about “the tension between ecology, fate, civilization, and science.” The film was selected for IDFA’s Green Screen competition for its focus on the interaction between humanity and its environment.

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