A garbage truck plows through the dawn silence. It pulls into place next to a dumpster at a residential apartment complex, whereupon Diego, a Chilean trash worker in Houston, wheels the dumpster over to the truck. As the dumpster is lifted and its contents spilled out, images of residents show us who produced this trash, while an unnamed narrator tells of the earliest forms of waste management, highlighting how little has changed over thousands of years.
Companies that manage our waste, be it sewage or garbage, water or metal, conspicuously hide their work. This is not because they are evil or practicing without environmental regard. It’s more nefarious than that. It’s to hide our own filth, our own consumption, from us, the filthy consumers. In rarely confronting our waste we are not asked to change our ways, only to replace what is lost, and consume further.
4k HD video, digital photography, 7min, color, 2020.
Featuring: Denise, Jeff, Judy, Jane, Diego
Voiceover: Soledad Varela reading from Rubbish by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy (1992)
HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS FESTIVAL
THE TIME AND DATE:
Sunday, November 14, 1pm, Rice University -- in-person screening
Friday, November 12, 1pm to Monday, November 15, 1pm -- virtual screening
Aurora Picture Show: SATELLITES
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