A benign scene at a sushi restaurant quickly descends into an indictment of marine plastic pollution in this excellent short by Canada-based animator PoChien-Chen, inspired by a visit to a small Taiwanese island two years ago, of which he sez:
It was the closest I’d lived to the sea, being only a 10 minute drive away. Everyone can enjoy the beach with its white sand and turquoise ocean. At the time, I went snorkeling almost every week. Seeing such alluring tropical fish and coral reefs sill lingers in my mind. However, I also cannot forget the scenes of tons of human waste lying around the shore as if it were a part of nature.
“You won’t find this in a Bord Fáilte advertisement. This is the Whitestown Stream, near Tallaght at the minute. It’s in South Dublin County Council where a lone volunteer struggles to remove the dumped items to help rescue the river.
Ireland’s rivers die under the weight of such neglect.”