Redemption: Oscar-Nominated Doc Follows the Working Poor Who Survive on Collecting Bottles and Cans | Democracy Now!

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Redemption: Oscar-Nominated Doc Follows the Working Poor Who Survive on Collecting Bottles and Cans | Democracy Now!

Hosted by Amy Goodman

Democracy Now! speaks with Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill, co-directors of the new HBO documentary Redemption, about their experience making the film. Redemption examines New York City’s canners — the largely invisible people who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. Many have quietly slipped into poverty after losing their jobs, now living on the margins of society. The film has been nominated in the documentary shorts category at this year’s Academy Awards.