Dias de Carton (Cardboard Days)| 51mins
Director: Veronica Souto | Producer: Justo Daract
Focus Years: 2003 | Country: Argentina
This multi-award winning documentary is based on the life and work of the cardboard collectors of Buenos Aires City, the so called "cartoneros". The film focuses on this army of the shadows that every night walks and works in the streets of the richest districts of the city. Traveling with them on a train with no lights, seats, windows or doors, like foraging animals, we enter an underworld of despair, exploitation, racism and speculation difficult to ignore. Giving voices to these real outcasts, the film explores the different forms of organizations they give to themselves, the faces and names of those who legally and illegally profit on other people's misery via the multimillion dollars business of rubbish collection and the reality of life in a country and a city in which globalization went completely wrong. "Cardboard Days" is also a reflection on megalopolis, recycling, urban alternative life styles and economic inequity. Rising multiple issues of significant ecological, social, antrophological and etnographical importance, the film invites the spectator to an unforgettable trip into Latin America's deep hopes and desires, fights and politics, shadows and lights.