Film on hazardous computer waste to screen at Stephens College

Monday, October 15, 2012 | 6:24 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — America's consumption of computers will be explored during the screening of a new documentary, "Terra Blight," on Tuesday at Stephens College.

"Terra Blight" explores the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and their potential to become hazardous waste.

The film includes stories about a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes monitors to salvage copper and a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, according to

The documentary was selected to screen at several film festivals in 2012, including DocUtah, Slamdance, Chesapeake, Maui, New Orleans and Rincón.

Stephanie Borklund, an assistant professor of film at Stephens, has known the filmmakers, Isaac Brown and Ana Paula Habib for four years; they were colleagues at the Art Institute of Jacksonville in Florida.

"We've worked on freelance projects together and recently wrapped up a short documentary project titled 'Slow Food Sunday,'" Borklund said.

Brown and Habib made the film because electronic waste is the fastest growing type of waste in the world, she said.

"Since the United States is the largest contributor of e-waste, the filmmakers felt it was important to get the message out," she said.

"Terra Blight" will show at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Charters Auditorium, Stephens College, 1200 E. Broadway. Admission is free.  A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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