Dogtown Redemption

  • Good Man Good Man


Lark Theatre Thu, Oct 15, 2015 5:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:92 min
Premiere Status:World
Director:Amir Soltani
Chihiro Wimbush
Producer:Amir Soltani
Screenwriter:Amir Soltani
Cinematographer:Chihiro Wimbush
Editor:Manuel Tsingaris
Note Writer:Brendan Peterson


We’ve all woken up to the late-night clanking of bottles and cans while a stranger rummages through our recycling. Once we drift back to sleep, these mysterious men and women continue their long journey toward survival. Dogtown Redemption captures the fascinating faces and sturdy souls of Oakland recyclers, including a former punk rocker and a misplaced minister, who often cover over 10 miles of city streets as they haul hundreds of pounds of recyclables for a modest payout. By focusing on the dramatic personal plights of these hardworking individuals, the film also raises intriguing questions about the socioeconomic reality of West Oakland. For example, does a for-profit recycling center in the heart of a low-income area help or hurt the community? Are these recyclers empowered or exploited? Filmmakers Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush combine intimate interviews and powerful all-access footage to craft an intensely honest, and sometimes hopeful, portrait of society’s forgotten people.

Co-presented by St. Mary's Center, Berkeley Film Foundation, and California Humanities.

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Amir Soltani is an Iranian-American human rights activist. He has worked in journalism, philanthropy, and business and is the author of Zahra’s Paradise, a New York Times bestselling graphic novel on Iran’s 2009 protests. Soltani studied history at Tufts and Harvard. Dogtown Redemption is his first documentary film.  

Chihiro Wimbush is a Hapa, Oakland-based filmmaker. Most recently he served as editor of the award-winning Changing Season: on the Masumoto Family Farm. With his wife Meena Srinivasan, he creates mindful media and education content via their nonprofit organization, A Lens Inside. Between chasing shopping carts and other stories, Chihiro writes and tries to lure his musical muse out of hiding.