An environmental screenplay about a realistic future by screenwriter Wade Wofford.
A heat wave brutalizes Atlanta. Its streets are flooded with displaced residents from Miami, New Orleans, and other coastal towns - once middle class home-owners the insurance companies will no longer insure (the hurricane season too great a risk). The booming homeless population living in the streets dies by the hordes due to heat exposure, and the coroner's office is overwhelmed. The garbage trucks have been equipped with biohazard bins to collect the bodies. Joe, a sanitation worker, takes turns with his co-worker sitting in the air-conditioning of the garbage truck. Every ten stops, he returns to the 130-degree heat to round up mountains of trash and dead bodies.
In a small town in Western Colorado, temperature isn't a problem; water is. Sean is working his way off the grid, preparing for a moment he fears will come all too soon. He teaches his son Zachary how to purify polluted rainwater, generate his own electricity, hide crops from the inevitable hordes of starved and desperate neighbors. As the water shortage worsens, his fears about human nature are confirmed. Down the mountain in the suburbs, Sean's ex-wife Jenny - who very much enjoys her middle class comforts - struggles to raise money for a School for the Blind that she's attempting to open.
Wei leaves his office overlooking the DC Promenade for a flight home to China, where his mother lays ill. China is in ruins - its rivers polluted, its drinking water unable to sustain its booming population. He finds in his former home a national crisis of thirst. Militias control local purification plants, and sell water only to the highest bidder; the rest wither in the streets. Wei fights his way across the country to reach his family before his mother dies.
In Tomboctou, Mali, oil has been discovered to the east. But the large populations living along the Niger consume so much of the river's water that the barges cannot get out to export the oil to the U.S. Bintou, a 23 year-old villager, finds her family slaughtered by mercenaries. A friend smuggles her through the genocide and onto one of the barges, where she stows away and makes the treacherous journey to New York City. When she arrives, the "land of promise" poses little improvement for the onslaught of like immigrants.
Depicting a future unconcerned with gadgetry and technology, Plus 50 focuses upon actual scientific projections that cannot be dismissed by the "fake news" and "not in my lifetime" doubters... It strikes out to answer the question: "What will life be like in fifty years if we continue on our current path?" It follows four families from very different walks of life battling the challenges of one world - a planet sickened by the choices of a neglected past.
Plus 50 was crafted to document how different classes of people, in different regions of the world, may be affected by the future if today's environmental problems continue on their current path. Plus 50's ensemble was created specifically to give voice to a variety of perspectives within that collective experience.
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