Death by Design: Special Film Screening For Students

  • 6 July 2017
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • Engineering Hall No. 224, Shanghai

Death by Design is a film that explores and uncovers a global story of damaged lives, environmental destruction and devices that are designed to die. Prominently featuring contemporary China, this is a film that will surely resonate with anyone living in Shanghai.

This is a special student film screening organized by Green Initiatives, with support from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise, NUS Overseas Colleges and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Please note:

  • Film comes with Chinese subtitles.
  • Entry is free for all. RSVP is mandatory.
  • A limited number of free spaces are available for adults/working professionals.
  • Sandwiches and juices will be provided for all attendees, thanks to support from Happy Buddha and NUS.
  • If you have any trouble registering on our website please RSVP by sending us an email

Film Overview

Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

E-Waste in China - Background

In 2015, 6.7 million tons of electronic waste was discarded in China – equivalent to the weight of approximately 1.8 million Macbooks being thrown away daily. 75% of e-waste either goes to landfill or is processed in informal recycling centres, and its toxicity cause residents and workers to suffer from health problems.

Launched in June 2016, The [WE] Project provides the local community in Shanghai with a systematic and environmentally-friendly way to dispose off electronic products by collaborating with TES, an international leader in e-waste recycling.

Click for more information on The [WE] Project

Event Details

6 Jul 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Engineering Hall No. 224, Jiaotong University Xuhui Campus, 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai
Jiaotong University Line 10 Exit 4