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by Ernesto Livon-Grosman
color, 60 min, 2006
DVD contains subtitled (English) and non-subtitled versions

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Cartoneros follows the paper recycling process in Buenos Aires from the trash pickers who collect paper informally through middlemen in warehouses, to executives in large corporate mills. The process exploded into a multimillion dollar industry after Argentina's latest economic collapse. The film is both a record of an economic and social crisis and an invitation to audiences to rethink the value of trash.

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Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
United Nations Association, Monterey Bay, CA, 2009
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington DC, 2008
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China, 2008
Cine Gaia - International Environmental Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008
Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance + Science (SEEDS), Plainfield, MA, 2008
National Archive, Argentina, 2008
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, Seattle, WA, 2008
X International Festival of Cinema of Human Rights, Argentina, 2008
New Directors Film Festival, Havana, Cuba, 2008
Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Evanston, IL, 2008
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana, 2008
Roshd International Film Festival, Iran, 2007
Best Green / Outdoors Film, Connecticut Film Festival, 2007
DC Labor Film Festival, 2007
Idaho Film Festival, 2007
Festival de Cinema Universitário Latino Americano, Brazil, 2007
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, MA, 2007
DOCSDF International Documentary Film Festival, Mexico City, 2007
Best Educational Film, Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival, Michigan, 2007
Argentine premier: Sociedad Hebraica Argentina (SHA), Buenos Aires, 2007
Latin American Studies Association 2007 International Conference, Montreal, Canada
Monterrey International Film Festival, Mexico, August 11-18, 2007
Plymouth Independent Film Festival, Plymouth, MA, July 18-22, 2007
Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2007
Finger Lake Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY, 2007
Providence Latin American Film Festival, Providence, RI, 2007
It's All True International Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2007
Festival Internacional de Cine de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2007
Detroit Docs, 2007
Northampton Independent Film Festival, Northampton, MA, 2006
Boston Latino International Film Festival, Boston, MA, 2006
Document 4: International Human Rights Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, 2006
VOICES Environmental Film Festival, Colombia, 2010

Related Resources
Read an interview with the filmmaker in New England Film here.
Read a detailed article on Cartoneros (written in Spanish) here.
Anthropology Review Database's review of the film by Jesse Hingson

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