Amir Soltani & Chihiro Wimbush
Redemption is the story of Oakland's bottom 1%. Shot in Dogtown, West Oakland, four homeless recyclers--a fallen priest, former gang leader, widow and punk rocker--survive off trash. Their shopping cart routes draw us into an abandoned wasteland decimated by decades of structural poverty and urban renewal, a cocktail of poverty, prejudice, policy. Condemned by any and all measures--illiteracy, unemployment, homelessness, disease, violence and addiction--to expire, the four recyclers defy all odds. But for how much longer? With tensions between residents, recyclers, industry and the city mounting, can Alliance Metals, the recycling center that serves as their lifeline, survive the legal, racial, economic and political waves battering the American dream?
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