|Title||The Gleaners of Nairobi|
|Date released (year)||2009|
|Production company||France 2|
|Keywords/tags||Toxic waste, dumping|
|Link to film||http://www.javafilms.fr/spip.php?article307 (IN FRENCH)|
|Synopsis||An eye-opening visit to the unauthorized dumping sites of Africa. We head to Dandora, an eastern suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a far cry from the beautiful safari images we so often see from this part of the world. Here, since the 1970’s, people are born, live, and die on the illegal rubbish dump. Men, women and children search amongst the steaming piles of toxic waste for discarded food to eat and any articles they can conceivably clean up and sell. Within the limits of the dumping ground, a micro economy booms and strident set of unwritten rules govern who gets first pick as new loads of rubbish arrive. Particularly lucrative are the truckloads of waste from airplanes; there is a scramble for unfinished airplane meals and cutlery as each dumpster unloads. The older scavengers help themselves first, whilst the children wait their turn patiently.
We meet the people who work on the dump who invite us into their lives and explain, with dignity and eloquence, how they survive amongst the rubbish and the dangers of the gangs who control the area.
|Links to other resources||https://ejoltdocumentaries.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/ghana-a-graveyard-for-the-worlds-electronic-waste/|