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Indonesian documentary declares war on single-use plastics

'Pulau Plastik' shines light on pollution in world's biggest archipelago

A protester marches at the Plastic Free Parade in Jakarta in 2019. A new Indonesian documentary sheds light on the environmental and health impact of plastic waste -- as well as offers potential solutions.

BALI -- "Here in Bali, we believe in the law of karmaphala -- that our actions will determine what we receive in return, good or bad," says Gede Robi, frontman of rock band Navicula and the lead in "Pulau Plastik," a new documentary about the sources and consequences of, and possible solutions to the scourge of plastic waste that pockmarks so many of Indonesia's 17,000 islands.

The movie-length documentary, translated from Bahasa Indonesia as Plastic Island, kicks off at the beaches of southern Bali, where at the start of every year, hundreds of tons of rubbish wash over from the neighboring island of Java, the economic engine of Indonesia, and from Balinese rivers that locals and businesses use as garbage dumps.

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