Session 11               
Saturday June 10, 2006    12:45PM TO 2:45PM
Mass Art 621 Huntington Avenue Boston
Recycled Life                       (23 min)

For over sixty years, children have been born and raised here,
parents and grandparents eat and survive here… Thousands of
families have thrived in the largest and most toxic and dangerous
area in all of Central America. For decades, the Guatemala City
Garbage Dump and its inhabitants (“guajeros”) who recycle the city's
trash have been shun by society and ignored by the government, until
a disastrous event in January 2005 forever changes the face of this
landfill and the dignified people who call it home. Through this
compelling story, the filmmakers have captured the beauty, humor
and remarkable contrast that resonates throughout this vast
wasteland of garbage as generations of families have remained stuck
in a cycle of life.

Leslie Iwerks

DIRECTOR: Leslie Iwerks
PRODUCER: Mike Glad, Leslie Iwerks



Colorblind                         (28 min)

What significance does Martin Luther King Jr. hold for today’s
teenagers? Their parents were in elementary school when Dr. King
was assassinated, so how do they interpret his legacy?

In his breakthrough film, Colorblind, 16 year old documentarian
Andrew Blum explores the slain civil-rights leader’s place in history.
Poignant interviews with urban, suburban and rural high school
students offer a compelling look at how teens cope with discrimination
and intolerance. And experts—from Rep. Charles Rangel and
historian Albert Vorspan to NYU Film School’s Sheril Antonio and
Holocaust survivor Martin Mermelstein—share their experiences
growing up with prejudice, tracing how hate speech can escalate to

Set against musical vignettes from Pulitzer Prize winner Blood on the
Fields,  a jazz opera about slavery by Wynton Marsalis ( who
graciously donated their use), Colorblind offers a multigenerational,
multicultural perspective on one of society’s most pressing problems.

DIRECTOR: Andrew Blum


Trench Town                     (52 min)

Trench Town, Kingston 12, is the most famous ghetto in the World.
Immortalized in the music of Bob Marley it is now one of the most
dangerous and violent places on the planet. With a population of
around 25,000 there can be up to ten murders in a week. A virtual
civil war has broken out as heavily armed rival gangs are fighting for
control of the area. Today Trench Town is crumbling. The children
sleep and study under their beds at night for fear of bullets coming in
through the thin walls of their simple homes. Their journeys to school
can be fatal as they cross rival gangs’ borderlines. There are many
innocent victims caught in the crossfire. Originally built as a
government housing project in 1945, Trench Town was decimated by
the political war that marred the 1976 general Elections. Sandwiched
between two different political strongholds, it was a victim of its
location. It was the politicians who first armed the gang leaders or
“Dons” in return for the vote. The legacy this left is of a violent culture
that is impossible to police and where murder is commonplace. This
film examines how the ordinary citizens survive in such extreme
circumstances. We talk to a complete cross section of the community
in this moving testimony to the courage of the community in its daily
battle for survival.

DIRECTOR, James Ewart,
PRODUCER, Anders Palm, James Ewart
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