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The Person Sifting Your Trash May Be An Ex-Coworker

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The film Redemption profiles a number of New York’s gleaners and reveals that many who collect cans and bottles want to work, but are unable to find jobs. | Alamy

At a recent Academy screening of their film Redemption, filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill didn’t need to remind Academy Award voters that all of this year’s Oscar nominees in the Best Documentary Short category reflect some of the most pressing issues of our times.

Redemption profiles a number of New York’s gleaners, men and women who rely on the discarded cans and bottles of others for their livelihoods.

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