Campus Life

Film, discussion examines recycling

The latest offering of the Latin American Film Series examines the old adage that one man's trash is truly another man's treasure.

Cartoneros, an Argentinian film under the direction of Ernesto Livon-Grosman, follows the paper recycling process in Buenos Aires from the trash pickers who collect paper informally through middlemen in warehouses, to executives in large corporate mills.

The process exploded into a multi-million dollar industry after Argentina's latest economic collapse. The film is both a record of an economic and social crisis and an invitation to audiences to rethink the value of trash and the relationship between garbage and art.

Supported by the University of Lethbridge President's Office and by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Cartoneros is showing tonight, 7 p.m. at the Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery. Created in Spanish with English subtitles, the 2006 film runs 60 minutes in length.

A discussion session, headed by U of L Department of Anthropology professor, Dr. Andrea Cuellar, will follow.