When is recycling bad? When garbage and neighbors donâ€™t mix.
For Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, director of a new film about a controversial recycling center (HANC) in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, these complex local issues drove her to explore a larger discussion. In December, an eviction notice was served to HANC, compelling Behrens to use the existing footage from her work-in-progress documentary â€œMy Garbage, My Neighborhoodâ€ as a tool for opening community debate.
â€œItâ€™s crucial that the film can generate an open discussion and not point fingers," Behrens says of the conflicting opinions. "The aim is to find various entry points to the debate and film can help do that. The reaction so far has been tremendous with many people who havenâ€™t been involved before now actively sharing in the process.â€
â€œMy Garbage, My Neighborhoodâ€ screens on March 5 at 1:00pm as part of the first San Francisco Green Film Festival with panel discussion after. continue reading
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