The plastic bag has long stood as an icon of waste and trash — but have we ever stopped to consider how it feels?

Independent filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has created a short film that's both beautiful, educational, and even a bit sad. It's told from the perspective of a plastic bag and its search for an identity and companionship. It may sound corny, but Bahrani succeeds in giving genuine life to something we otherwise would never personify. It also helps that he employs Werner Herzog for the narration — his voice adds depth and emotion to the scenes.

Take a few minutes to let this film sweep you away. The ending in particular hits home with a powerful message.

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Short film follows the life of a plastic bag
From the grocery store to the great pacific garbage patch, this short will open your eyes and tug at your heart.