Film & Multimedia

In chronological order of their creation:

Pimp my… trash cart? TED talk by graffiti artist Mundano in October 2014, about Brazil’s trash collectors and how a project using art has helped them gain better recognition worldwide:

Supertrash (2013, France, Dir. Martin Esposito). Visually arresting, if self-obsessed and intellectually lacking documentary about a year spent living on a landfill site near Cannes. See: (in French)
– The Pepenadores project in Mexico (2013). This article and slideshow tell of a joint project between Ashoka, the world’s largest social entrepreneur network, Danone and local organisations in Mexico with the objective to improve the collection and sorting of recyclable waste and the working conditions of the ‘pepenadores’ or waste collectors there.
See:«-mexique-comment-améliorer-la-gestion-des-déchets-»-l’express-–-30102013 (in French).
Waste Land (2010, UK/Brazil, Dir. Lucy Walker, Prod. Ferdinand. Meirelles). Moving documentary about the power of art and how it impacts and tells the story of the lives of those working around the world’s biggest landfill, Jardim Gramacho, behind the Cristo Redentor statue in Rio.
The story of stuff (2007, in English) This 20mn movie explains in a simple way why it is we produce so much waste. See:

Wall-E (2008, USA, Dir. Andrew Stanton) is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), the story follows a robot named WALL-E, designed to clean up an abandoned, waste-strewn Earth far in the distant future.

Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000, France, Dir. Agnès Varda). This classic film tracks a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knicknacks, thrown away items in the countryside and the city in France. In English, The gleaners and the female gleaner.