Redemption: Oscar-Nominated Doc Follows the Working Poor Who Survive on Collecting Bottles and Cans
From Democracy Now:
January 31, 2013
The HBO documentary "Redemption" examines New York Cityís canners ó the largely invisible people who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. Many have quietly slipped into poverty after losing their jobs, now living on the margins of society. The film has been nominated in the documentary shorts category at this yearís Academy Awards. Weíre joined by co-directors Jon Alpert and Matt OíNeill, both of the Downtown Community Television Center, a community media center based in NYCís Chinatown.
Matthew OíNeill & Jon Alpert, co-directors of Redemption, an Academy Award nominee in the documentary short division. They were also nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 for their film Chinaís Unnatural Disaster, won four Emmys for the 2006 film Baghdad ER, and were on the Oscar short list last year for In Tahrir Square. They work together at Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), a community media center based in NYCís Chinatown that is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
JUAN GONZŃLEZ: We end todayís show with a new documentary that looks at those who have quietly slipped into poverty and now live on the margins of society. The film is called Redemption, and itís nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary shorts category this year. Itís about New York Cityís canners, the largely invisible people who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. This is a clip from the film.
CANNER: Iím not against the rich; Iím against injustice, greed and injustice. Thatís what Iím against. There are more people here than ever before. Theyíre all over the place, all over the place, trying to make a dollar, you know? This is like everybody is down on their luck, man, just about, you know?