Posts Tagged ‘WITNESS’


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WITNESS, the organization that “uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations” made this short educational piece on trash pickers in India. Much like the dilemma at the center of Mai Iskander‘s film Garbage Dreams, trash pickers in India are seeing their livelihoods threatened as the government signs more and more contracts with foreign private waste hauling companies. This short and sweet video compares and contrasts New Dehli where trash pickers’ work has been eclipsed to New Dehli where the NGO Chintan has worked to integrate traditional trash pickers in waste and recycling collection even as the city modernizes its systems. But you don’t have to take my word for it…

Click here for more in this WITNESS project.


Friday, November 6, 2009

New Yorkers, save the date for November 14th. Quad Cinema will screen Counterbalance, a new film about waste pickers in Dehli as part of the 8th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival. Event starts at noon. $15 general admission, $12 students and IAAC members. Purchase tickets here. Check out the Facebook invite for details here.


Wastepickers, photo via Chintan

Here’s a description:

Every day, tens of thousands of waste pickers and waste recyclers in Delhi earn their income from collecting, selling and recycling trash. Their work, measured to be highly efficient, has not only been undervalued but even marginalized with the introduction of large private companies. This is the story of two municipalities in Delhi: one that has incorporated the work of the waste recyclers as part of the formal waste system, while the other has taken another direction.

Counterbalance is the product of a partnership between the video advocacy group WITNESS and the Indian environmental group Chintan. You can watch an interview with Bharati Chaturvedi, the film’s director and the founder and director of Chintan, here and here.

And for more about WITNESS, click here. For more about Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, click here.

Thanks for the tip, Elizabeth!

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