San Francisco, CA 94103
Category: Movie Theaters
Region: South of Market
If Id known what it was like, I wouldnt have come here, a man says, speaking of the United States. His wife interjects, You wouldnt have met me, my love. He repeats: I wouldnt have come here. His wife admits, Its the same for me. They go quietly together. One word is visible on his t-shirt: hope. This is from the documentary Scrappers, which isnt about immigration, per se, but it is a portrait of dispossession. Here is a man who makes his livelihood, such as it is, from 12-hour days spent scavenging scrap metal on the streets of Chicago. Hes not alone. Another man calls it easy money. He says its like going fishing: While hes scrapping, all his problems seem to disappear. The two men never meet. But the film patient, humane, committed stays with them for several years, even when their metal suddenly isnt worth the cost of melting down because the economy itself is melting down. Its the potent first part of Trashed: Two Films About Garbage. The second is the Oscar-nominated Waste Land, about turning garbage into art in the worlds biggest dump, near Rio de Janeiro. (It plays Sunday at 2 p.m.). The films begin an essential dialogue on the relationship between waste and wealth.
Thu., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2011