RECYCLED LIFE (USA, 2006, 36 min.)

The Guatemala City Garbage Dump is one of the largest, most toxic dumps in all of Central America. Despite the danger, thousands of families have thrived here: children have been born and raised  here; parents and grandparents eat and survive here. For decades its inhabitants (“Guajeros”) who recycle the city’s trash were shunned by society and ignored by the government. But a disastrous event in January 2005 forever changed the face of this landfill and the lives of people who called it home. Through this compelling story, the filmmakers have captured the beauty, humor and remarkable contrast that resonates throughout this vast wasteland of garbage, as generations of families struggle in an ongoing cycle of life. Directed by Leslie Iwerks. Produced by Mike Glad.

Introduced by Elizabeth Wilkie, Associate Public Programs Coordinator, National Building Museum. Discussion with Daniel Winterbottom, ASLA, Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, follows screening.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

National Building Museum (NBM) Member Series Tickets (online only): $10 for all 3 EFF films shown at the NBM. NBM Member tickets for single films may be purchased at the door for $5 using cash, check, or a credit card.  Please note there is a $10 minimum for credit card transactions. General Public Tickets (online or at the door): $10 per film. Registration available online at or by calling 202-272-2448.

National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW

(METRO: Judiciary Square)

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital