We all know the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” but for Brazilian recycling self-employed man, Claudines, this sentiment rings especially true.
Perhaps putting in an even more laborious effort than Hauling’s main subject, Claudines, is the director of the documentary, Sean Walsh. Clearly the mindfulness attention put into this film is beautifully displayed, earning it a spot on the wall in any film gallery next to the likes of Herzog (Grizzly Man, Lessons of Darkness), Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven) and Wiseman (Titicut Folies, Boxing Gym). With this first forray into feature-length filmmaking, Walsh shows all the skill of the above mentioned tenured vets.
Having started recycling as a means of survival, Claudines is the living embodiment of what it means to make the best of the cards life has dealt you. Would Claudine be such an environmental opportunist were he not getting paid for his efforts? Probably not. But, in cleaning up the streets of Brazil by laboriously hauling in found trash for cash he has not only set an exceptional work ethic for his 27 kids, most of whom work with him, but has clearly instilled in them the importance of recycling. That’s right, 27 kids! I guess Claudines takes the motto of pumping one’s own blood and sweat into creating their own company quite literally.
I’ve always found that non-fiction films on people who follow their own outside-of-the-box lifestyle with vehement passion to be far more fascinating than any other kind of documentaries. Hauling is just that kind of film, one that I am looking forward to seeing again soon.
Showtimes for Hauling:
Friday, March 4, 2011 9:00pm (One Embarcadero) (Dir. Sean Walsh will be at this US World Primere screening)