All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

This joyous and provocative film explores the life and times of Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian/American who in 1907 created the world’s first wholly synthetic plastic, Bakelite.As the narrator, Hugh Karraker, Baekeland’s great-grandson weaves the inspiring story of an immigrant’s dreams and genius at chemistry and entrepreneurship that lead to a world-circling industrial empire. While celebrating its essential qualities, the film also confronts plastic’s negative environmental impact.Director,...
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  • program length: 60 minutes

Thursday, April 25 at 1:00 am on 12.1

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