[Screening & Discussion]
The People of Waste

Event Details

“The people of waste. Living Plastic” 

(Documentary/Hindi with English subtitles/2021/IRD-CNRS, 18 min.)
Directed by Rémi de Bercegol, Grant Davis & Shankare Gowda.


Followed by a discussion with Rémi de Bercegol (CNRS) and Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Lab).


Rémi de Bercegol, CNRS research fellow (IFP-CSH), will present his short documentary “The People of Waste. Living plastic” (18min) and will discuss with Anant Maringanti (Urban Lab) on Friday , 29th October 2021 at 5.30pm, at Alliance Française of Hyderabad.

Event schedule:

– 5.30pm: 10  min: introductory talk by Alice Guillermier (Bordeaux Métropoles) and Dr. Rémi de Bercegol (CNRS research fellow delegated to India )

– 5.45: 18 min: screening of  short documentary « The People of Waste » (18min English-Hindi)

– 6.10pm : 50-60 min: discussion on Waste Markets with Anant Maringanti (director of Hyderabad Urban Lab Foundation), making of the film and open debate with the audience

7 pm onwards: high tea offered by Bordeaux Metropoles


What happens to our garbage after it is dumped? Through the example of Delhi, the film explores the transformation of a piece of plastic waste into a resource, through filmed interviews with diverse “people of waste” living in the shadow of consumer society. It aims at making visible the myriad of professions that specialize in the collection, sorting, reselling, cleaning, shredding and transformation of waste, from the stigmatized garbage picker at the bottom of the chain until the industrialist at the top of the pyramid who re-injects the recovered materials into the formal economy.

Beyond the Indian case, it reminds the spectators of their responsibility as a producer of waste and their relation with this waste recovery system, putting into question the ambivalent discourses on recycling which tend to legitimize an endless mass consumption.

This short documentary film (18min), has been co-directed by Rémi de Bercegol (CNRS), together with Grant Davis and Shankare Gowda; funded by « IRD Images », completed with “MITI CNRS », it has been shot in February 2019 in and around Delhi.

It relies on a scientific understanding of the on-going scenario in Delhi and aims at opening the debate to a broader non-academic audience about the relationship between societies and waste.

Watch it here:

–       In English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZROTSb2TRsk&ab_channel=citiesofwaste

–       In French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fittZd0b7I4&t=0s&ab_channel=citiesofwaste

Related academic reference:

– de Bercegol, Rémi, and Shankare Gowda. “A new waste and energy nexus? Rethinking the modernisation of waste services in Delhi.” Urban Studies 56.11 (2019): 2297-2314.

For more info contact: Rémi.debercegol@cnrs.fr ; a.guillermier@bordeaux-metropole.fr

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