The GFDD film, “Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience” has been chosen to screen at the upcoming 18th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), held in California this October. “Garbage or Resource?” has been screened at over a dozen different international film festivals since its production in 2013, and has won several awards including Best Documentary at the Miami Short Film Festival (MSFF), Best Documentary at the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival, and the Second Place Fan Coral Award at the Reef Renaissance Film Festival.
A 28-member jury agreed that the film was in line with the this year’s theme, RUNNING OUT OF TIME, which continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on time-sensitive aspects of the Millennium Development Goals.
“Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience” is produced by GFDD/Funglode and directed by Natasha Despotovic. It covers the unseen dangers of the 340 open-air landfills that can be found in the Dominican Republic, and the cultural changes which are creating initiatives that convert this “problem” into an opportunity for development.
Through various corporate and educational projects, the viewer observes how– aside from the obvious environmental benefits– recycling enables economic development through the generation of new companies and industries.
The UNAFF was founded by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic with the participation of the Stanford Film Society and the UNA Midpeninsula Chapter, a community-based nonprofit organization. The film festival celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, the protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women’s issues, children, universal education, war and peace.