Over-Flow – dir. Elizabeth Ramjit

Original Film Title: Over-Flow

Directors Name: Elizabeth Ramjit

Writers Name: Elizabeth Ramjit

Producer: Elizabeth Ramjit, Hannan Louis

Country of Origin: Trinidad and Tobago

Country of Filming: Trinidad and Tobago

Language: English

Runtime: 18 minutes 22 seconds

Film Description: 

Initially filmmaker, Elizabeth Ramjit, ventures to Trinidad to document its unregulated air pollution and Marine contamination concerns, but she refocuses her subject on a recent flash flood in Trinidad and Tobago that continuously accumulates waste.


The 2018 Trinidad and Tobago floods are a succession of floods in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Consistent rainfall inhabits the nation from October 19, 2018 to October 20, 2018.

A firsthand account from Elizabeth Ramjit, a first-generation American Trinidadan filmmaker, of the devastation from overbank floods and flash-floods in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Ramjit interviews activists on a quest for revival. These chronicled activists reassure viewers that by refraining from littering and enacting recycling, citizens will no longer be deemed as instigators of seemingly natural disasters or environmental anarchy.

Since mangroves act as a natural filter for the environment, water plummets from the northern range and encompasses everything. Most of what is immersed in the water is garbage from people disposing items in the water. Leptos Fibrosis contaminates the water, which culminates into common diseases like Hepatitis A, malaria, and dengue fever.

Trinidad and Tobago generates over 700,000 tons of waste per day, identifying it as one of the highest carbon footprint per capita on the planet. Among the 700,000 tons of daily waste Trinidad and Tobago produces, 85% of it is recyclable. Only 1% is actually recycled. Recyclables dominate the waste stream. They include: plastic bottles, glass, aluminum cans, and metals. What is not captured in mangroves ultimately ventures to the Caribbean Sea.

Citizens must be regulated by authorities to encourage recycling and the proper disposal of waste. In addition, developments need to have more consideration for basic planning regulations to prevent inflicting the infrastructure.

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