TRASHBORN is a short length documentary which follows seven families of trash divers over four years on a garbage dump in the Dominican Republic, using the dump as a central meeting point of all seven stories. These trash divers build their houses from garbage, eat thrown away scraps, and make pennies by scavenging metal, plastic, cardboard, and glass and yet – they are still able to share their hopes, loves, and dreams
About the Director:
Isabelle Carbonell, founder of Izaca Productions LLC, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who documents social, whimsical, ethnographic, and environmental stories around the world. She has worked with National Geographic, taught at Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar, and otherwise carries her two eyes with her on journeys around the world in search for stories and adventure. Currently she has just finished her first feature “Trashborn” and she is working on her second feature “The Camel Race” for Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel, among other projects. Though based out of both Washington D.C. and Santa Cruz, CA, she’s half-Belgian and half-Uruguayan and her films have been featured in film festivals internationally. She’s currently starting her PhD in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Isabelle’s documentary skills have taken her to countries such as India, Qatar, UAE, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Oman, and Nicaragua.