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Cristina Ballesteros

Travelling on Trash

Real Stories


Six friends sail down the Mississippi, one of the most polluted rivers in the world, on a raft made of plastic bottles, to explore how plastic and other pollution is affecting America’s iconic river. The raft, constructed from used bottles and other repurposed materials, travels down the second longest river in the USA for 56 days. Enthusiastic but inexperienced, the crew of young friends are battered by extreme weather changes, an infestation of bugs, boat breakages and the realities of finding shelter every evening in time for nightfall.

GOLD AWARD at the Spotlight Documentary Film Festival.


distillery & Little Dot Studios

Commissioning Editor

Adam Gee

Executive Producer 

Alex Hryniewicz

Executive Producer 

Andy Taylor

Executive Producer 

Deb Charles

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