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Dogtown Redemption

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Catalogue Number:  PR3575
Producer:  Passion River Films
Subject:  Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health, Psychology, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  96

DVD Price:  $335.00
3 year post-secondary streaming price:  $499.00
DVD+3yr Post-Sec Stream Price:  $665.00
3yr K-12 Stream Price :  $335.00
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Shot over seven years, Dogtown Redemption is not only the intimate story of recyclers in West Oakland, but a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty.

A surprising number of Americans make their living off a vast river of trash. Dogtown Redemption follows this river, and its inhabitants in a lively, bustling yet invisible corner of California. Every year, Californians buy about 22 billion carbonated and non-carbonated drinks in aluminum, glass, and plastic containers - a river of trash. Under California law, beverage containers can be redeemed for a few cents per container. As a result of this legal innovation, trash can be turned to cash - a lifeline for a subculture of marginalized recyclers: the unemployed and underemployed, the elderly, the mentally and physically disabled, former criminals, drug addicts, and prostitutes can reclaim the pride and joy that comes with having a job. 

We follow the lives of three recyclers: Jason Witt, the titan of recycling; Landon Goodwin, a former minister, and addict who struggles with his own fall from grace; and Miss Hayok Kay, the ultimate outsider, formerly a Polkacide drummer from a prominent Korean-American family, now at the mercy of the elements and predators. Through them, we are introduced to the art, science, economics, and politics of recycling: what it offers, how it touches the poor, and why it matters to all of us.

Dogtown Redemption humanizes and celebrates this other America; the America that many of us do not see. That a small recycling center has allowed so many to survive on a daily basis - for years, even decades - is a minor miracle. A reminder that even in trash, there can be life, love, and redemption. 

"...powerful and emotional... After watching Dogtown Redemption you might not look at these urban recyclers - or think about the word 'redemption' - the same way again."
- Boston Globe

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