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100 Fires: A film about the trash divers of the Dominican Republic.
100 Fires: A film about the trash divers of the Dominican Republic.
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The Project:
Life is raw. Imagine that you can't read or write. The only job you can find is picking through other people's garbage. Your life depends on what you find: whether it's plastic bottles or cans, old shoes, or salami covered in flies. Along the way you get infected from hospital needles, burned by trash that's caught fire, cut from shards of metal, and poisoned with constant diarrhea from rotten food. You even find amputated arms and legs. You continue because everything you come across has the potential for pennies, and you build your dollar a day piece by piece.

100 Fires: Living From a Landfill is a feature length documentary about the smoking dump that crouches outside the city of Santiago in the Dominican Republic. The film follows the buzos, or trash divers, who support themselves solely off what they can scavenge from the dump. They build their houses out of trash, feed their children with rotten food, and make less than a dollar a day by finding and selling piles of metal, plastic, cardboard, and anything else people will buy. We want to give voices to this community; ignored by their own government, invisible to society, and threatened by the toxic dump upon which they rely for survival.

What we need:
Filming for 100 Fires is complete. We now need your help for post-production. Funds will be used for offline/online editing, coloring, and sound composing, engineering, and mixing. We will also use the funds for DVD graphic art, DVD printing, and film festival submission fees.

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  • Just wanted to officially tell you all we have CHANGED the title from "100 Fires" to "Somos Buzos: The Trash Divers"

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    Key Grip: You get official Industry Film Credit, and a digital copy of famous Cuban rap artist Miki Flow's original song "LOS BUZOS" written especially for the documentary, and as yet unreleased!!!

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    The Stuff-ster - A film poster, signed with a personalized dedication to you. And, in the spirit of not creating any more trash in the world (which all these rewards are designed to do): you'll get a super original T-shirt that has been recycled with original screenprinting art (plus advanced DVD copy, digital copy of song, and film credit)

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    Documentarian - 5 session filmmaking lessons on-site in Washington DC or via Skype. Learn how to make a one minute documentary or improve your game at any stage. Isabelle has taught university level documentary film classes at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. This is a bargain!!! (Plus shoo-in festival tickets, advanced DVD copy and film credit)

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    ON THE TEAM - A custom documentary trip. Flight tickets to the Dominican Republic community film screening. Meet the characters, stay in a DR B&B, have an adventure. (plus producer Credit, shoo-in festival tickets, advanced DVD copy, and all the paraphernalia we come up with)

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