dir. Agnès Varda, 2000, 82 min.
What counts as trash and for whom? Varda's handheld camera shifts its attention between abandoned objects and the community of human beings who survive, and often thrive, on trash. Gleaning, Varda reveals, can also be the stuff of artists and filmmakers with their parasitically productive acts of subversion and rejection of authority.
Remarks following the film by Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow from artist collective, Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, with Vikrant Dadawala, PhD Candidate, English and Cinema Studies, Penn.