The Discarded

Annie Costner, Adrienne Hall and Carla Dauden/2016/18 min/Waste

FILM DESCRIPTION: Filmmakers Annie Costner (actor Kevin Costner’s daughter), Adrienne Hall and Carla Dauden juxtapose stunning, drone-captured images of Rio de Janiero’s natural beauty with sewage and garbage that pour into its bay. In Portuguese with English subtitles, the film is narrated by locals, including a nine-year-old boy who sails the garbage-choked waters and an elderly man who turns debris into art. Teens, athletes, scientists, and policymakers speak about the seemingly insurmountable challenges of Rio’s pollution crisis and reasons for hope. Filmmakers show the city’s effort to bandage the problem with expensive one-time solutions to serve tourists for the Summer Olympics. Viewers are also left with big questions: What does it mean to ignore subsets of society, to label some as worthy, and others as discarded? This beautifully shot film won Best Short Film at the American Conservation Film Festival.

Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. [W Suburbs]
Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

Avoid long lines and get best seats by arriving up to 30 minutes before the film start time.

The short films Straws and Verge will also be shown as part of a program for children ages 9 to 13. More here.