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Garbage Warrior (2007)

Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own ... See full summary »


Oliver Hodge
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Credited cast:
Michael Reynolds Michael Reynolds
Chris Reynolds Chris Reynolds ... Herself
Shauna Malloy Shauna Malloy ... Herself - Attorney
Dave DiCicco Dave DiCicco ... Himself - Taos County Planner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos R. Cisneros Carlos R. Cisneros ... Himself - Senator
Ron Gardener Ron Gardener ... Himself - Senator's Aide
Nilesh Gupte Nilesh Gupte ... Himself
Clinton Harden Jr. Clinton Harden Jr. ... Himself - Senator
William H. Payne William H. Payne ... Himself - Senator
Lee Rawson Lee Rawson ... Himself
John C. Ryan John C. Ryan ... Himself - Senator
William E. Sharer William E. Sharer ... Himself - Senator
Renni Zifferblatt Renni Zifferblatt ... Herself - Judicial Committee Bill Analyst


Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away. Thirty years ago, architect Michael Reynolds imagined just such a home - then set out to build it. A visionary in the classic American mode, Reynolds has been fighting ever since to bring his concept to the public. He believes that in an age of ecological instability and impending natural disaster, his buildings can - and will - change the way we live. Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds, his crew of renegade house builders from New Mexico, and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living. A snapshot of contemporary geo-politics and an inspirational ... Written by Anonymous

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23 May 2008 (UK) See more »

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O arhitektonas ton skoupidion See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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The carbon produced during the making of this film has been compensated for with rain forest restoration projects by C Level UK. See more »


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A perfect example of good innovation.
17 March 2014 | by usalaa2See all my reviews

The documentary garbage warrior primary focus was based on ecological concern, and sustainable housing for all. It was very important because it will bring affordability of housing comfort to virtually everybody irrespective of societal status. But, due to the fact that its concept went against the normal bureaucratic acceptable standard of the capitalist ideology, the idea was vehemently antagonized. However, what they failed to recognize was the fact that the idea was a genuine movement that was born out of reality by the few who had witnessed it.

The outline on the documentary main arguments can be classified as follows: recycling of waste product, ecological friendly environment, bureaucratic attack, and strong visionary attempt. Garbage warrior documentary emphatically proved that recycling of waste product could be useful in another dimension by turning it to remarkable materials for the construction of solid building for the betterment of many which had never been put to practice by any known person before; but architect Reynold was able to push his idea into reality for all to see the visibility of the structures.

On creating an ecologically friendly environment; there is no doubting the fact that the world as a whole is highly polluted by many scientific chemical emissions that had created a lot of hazardous health problems for many people throughout the world. But, this innovation has brought up a different approach to the way and manner houses are being built or constructed through the regular conventional ways of doing things that had contributed to the deterioration of health of many, while uncountable souls had also been lost through it.

Moreover, the bureaucratic attack that came the way of architect Michael was highly unprecedented in his attempt to push his idea across the bureaucratic conventional ways; because it was more or less an affront and somewhat confrontational to the already established status quo which was not meant to be challenged by not just anybody. But, due to strong visionary mind of architect Reynold, he never relent in his efforts to get things done, as he made his focus the priority of his mission to achieve what he initially set out to do by not allowing all the obstacles that came his way to deter him of his vision. Because he was very convinced that his idea was one of a kind that could change and turn the old concept around for better.

The basis of the argument on the issue raised in the documentary could be said to be the durability, acceptability, and comfort-ability of the projected proposed housing idea movement; which came as a surprise to the capitalist bureaucrats who never wanted an alternative view to their already established ideology. But the practicability of eco-friendly housing structure was made possible by architect Michael and his few allies who had built some and had started living in it. The major fact of the matter is that they had succeeded in generating their own solar energy, growing their own food, providing their own water, and supplying their own heat, as well as recycling their waste without the support of any modern technology which is at the cost of cut throat rate. The combination and compilation of many waste products such as plastic bottles, empty beer cans, old tires, and other waste items put together by this genius architect was never thought to be possible, talk less of having acceptance in Andaman Island after the deadly tsunami attack. In furtherance of the set out goal, it was a mission accomplished for architect Michael and his team; but a no go area for the capitalist who never wanted a prospective change that will benefit the mass majority. Because the prospect of its success will be a huge compromise on their part. Although, no institution will like to lose its domineering trend, but the only thing that is constant in life itself is change; hence, sooner or later further research will emerge to give this noble development the authenticity it deserve for the greater advantage of the entire humanity.

In evaluating the argument thrown up in the documentary Garbage Warrior; many factors will have to be put into consideration in the sense that there are already established procedures and protocols that must be dully followed before any meaningful housing structure can be erected. However, despite the fact that rules and regulations must be respected to promote a decent society. We should not also forget the fact that it is to the advantage of all to equally give room to positive change irrespective of where it is coming from; because nobody could claim monopoly of knowledge, and the way architect Michael went about his research and idea was never armful to anybody. In fact he was always ready to subject himself to the authority to proof his discovery whenever they are ready to listen to him. This conclusion could be attest to in many of the comments relayed in the course of the argument by various people, due to the prospect it will have on their wellbeing, and it equally shows how worried and concern many feel as it relates to the environment which they knew very well the eventual consequence will be to the detriment of many if the eco-friendly idea is not looked into. The quality of the data had a very good analysis because it was well looked into, and without being biased Reynold himself was a qualified architect that pretty much knew what he was doing. Also the effectiveness of the argument was very catching, and the presentation was equally impressive for adequate understanding of the issue. The missing part was not really visible for many to see, so it cannot be controverted as such. Therefore, without any fear of contradiction, I can convincingly say that the documentary surely added up to my knowledge of understanding on urban planning issue.

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