This two-part program continues the discussion of some of the issues raised in our BAN6 dialogue on environmentalism, held in May. Inspired by San Francisco's goal of "Zero Waste" by 2020, these two very special documentaries look at trash from different perspectives - the artist, and the dispossessed.
SCRAPPERSSep 15, 2011 7:30pm
By Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak & Courtney Prokopas
Set in Chicago's endless labyrinth of alleys, Scrappers is a vérité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers who scratch out a living with brains, brawn, and battered pickup trucks. Set amidst a shockingly wasteful society, the country’s financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants create an ever-looming threat of poverty and chaos for them and their families. Co-director Ben Kolak will be in attendance at this screening. (2010, 92 min, digital)
WASTE LANDSep 18, 2011 2:00pm
By Lucy Walker
Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of trash reveals both their dignity and despair as they begin to re-imagine their lives. (2010, 98 min, digital) Please note: change in screening time than initially listed.
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
SF Bay Guardian