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Recycled Life (2006)

The dramatic and touching story of thousands of adults, children, and generations of families who have been living and working in the largest and most toxic landfill in Central America, the... See full summary »

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Leslie Iwerks
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Edward James Olmos ... Narrator
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The dramatic and touching story of thousands of adults, children, and generations of families who have been living and working in the largest and most toxic landfill in Central America, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump, over the last sixty years. Written by Leslie Iwerks

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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June 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Leslie Iwerks Productions See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Was shooting there in 1995, pretty grim place then...
19 February 2007 | by cameradoSee all my reviews

Would be interested to see how things changed in 2006, over ten years later when this movie was made. They also have a pretty huge dump here in Phnom Penh where I now live and work...somehow, these developing nation dumps on the outskirts of town are great places for NGOs and filmmakers to capture the grim pathos of the folks living there, yet not so far away from town that, after shooting, you can head back for a Latte and a nice thick, juicy steak. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how this doc portrays dump dwellers. So let's see, now I have to write a few more lines to meet the quota? Well, uh, what was the Guatemala dump like back in 1995 when we were shooting there? Lots of glue sniffers, old broken Michel Jackson records. Also many photographers, NGO folks, filmmakers hanging around at times, since the dump is a perfect, "blue chip-" backdrop to portray the lives of the downtrodden, and great for PR purposes for local NGOs who need to raise some bucks. Anyway I cut our footage into a travel doc I did, shot it on Hi8 (these were pre-digital days).


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