On February 15, forty people packed the Upper Room to view and discuss the documentary A Recycled Life. This Academy Award-nominated film tells the story of the largest toxic landfill in Central America and the thousands of men, women and children who live and work there while recycling Guatemala City's trash.
The film follows this community of workers through their daily routines, a devastating fire, and eventual improvements to their work environment including the banning of child labor at the landfill.
During the post-film discussion, people remarked on the harsh conditions and challenges faced by these workers -- but also their self-determination and human dignity.
As one of the workers in the film said, "We are all human. We all have eyes to see, and hearts to fill."
This event was hosted by our SJA Sister Parish committee. Information about Sister Parish, or contact jmadden [at] stjoan.com (subject: Sister%20Parish%20Inquiry) (Julie Madden).