Documentary festival in Northern California highlights alternatives to plastic in animal life

A controversial film festival in a Japanese island enclave where local residents keep deer as pets is perhaps due in part to a search for alternatives to conventional plastics, such as food wrappers.

The Camp Fire in Northern California and the ongoing polar vortex that has hit much of the nation have made environmentalists seem more eager than ever to find alternatives to single-use plastics such as bottles and bags, according to Fox Sports.

“We see an excellent excuse for hosting in Northern California because plastic pollution is so obvious and there’s good, clear media exposure of it,” said Yoshiaki Sano, the film festival’s organizer.

In the film festival, released earlier this month, attendees can choose between two plastic substitutes: a plastic drink can versus what is called a “fully nourished” a plastic bag, which instead of containing edible foods, allows the film’s director to use an ancient deer recipe that incorporates real food.

Despite its distribution on YouTube, the festival is still being pirated through file-sharing sites.

The animals’ owners use the deer as pets to feed in the mountains of Nara, Japan. Hundreds of the animals roam the island, scavenging for food while lining up to eat the discarded food wrappers.

Some of the animals are found to be highly endangered. With no natural food sources of their own, the deer occasionally starve.

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