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Published on Apr 5, 2011
FIVECENTSFILM.COM "Five Cents" tells the story of a group of New York "canners" ‐ people who pick up and recycle cans and bottles off the street ‐ who opened their own redemption center, the only of its kind in NYC, with the help of a few concerned citizens.
The camera follows these canners as they strive to build a sustainable livelihood for themselves and for others, while helping the community and the environment in the process.
Featured in the documentary are canners from vastly diverse walks of life such as Ana, a former missionary nun from Spain, homeless canner by choice; Eugene, an American canner for over 20 years with a troubled past who got off the street. Though different, all share a strong sense of dignity, self pride and commitment to honest work.
"Five Cents" chronicles the activities of these unrecognized people, the daily challenges they face ‐ communities who reject them, a highly complicated redeeming system, harsh weather conditions ‐ and their efforts to overcome.
By documenting this small group of canners, their perseverance and achievements, "Five Cents" aims to educate, engage and inspire viewers to help the canners and become more responsible about recycling.