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If you live in New York City, or have even visited the city, you’ve noticed them: people who dig through trash cans and garbage bags looking for cans that they can use to recycle for cash. They are a marginalized group, sometimes hauling hundreds of pounds of recyclables around. They're also the subject of a fascinating new HBO documentary short called “Redemption,” directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill, that is nominated for the Best Documentary Short Oscar next weekend. The 30-minute film focuses on the different types of canners, some of whom are incredibly surprising, and the very distinct world that they inhabit. We got to talk to the directors (who were previously nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for their film "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of the Sichuan Province," about the 2008 earthquake) about what surprised them about making the documentary, how 'Redemption' illuminates an underexposed part of the. »

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