|Winner: Best Int'l Documentary Feature|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Rodrigo Furuta, Catharina Schreckenberg, Denis Feijao - Producers: Sean Walsh - Screenwriters: Sean Walsh - Cinematographer: Ted Carioba - Editor: Cristina Amaral - Composer: Laurent Mis
Often regarded as a marginal society, the recycling underworld of Sao Paulo - Brazil's largest metropolis - is the backdrop to the touching story of Claudines and his family. 'Hauling' reveals the day-to-day life of this man, a father to over 27 children, and of many others who make their living out of collecting and recycling material that others have thrown out.
Sean Walsh was born in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from the New York Film
Academy and holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television Production from
Bristol University, England. He lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At Code 7, he produces films
and directs music videos. HAULING is his documentary feature directorial debut.
In Brazil, there is a great deal of kindness, compassion, tolerance and joie de vivre. It is
ingrained within the collective consciousness of its citizens.
These traits and the contrasts within the social hierarchy of its society are what initially
struck me when I visited the country for the first time.
It is this tolerance and contrast that contribute to Brazilís role as a guiding force globally
and a great power politically. It later occurred to me that the manner in which automobiles
and trucks share the roads with cart haulers intrigued me quite considerably.
That visual remark was the planting of a seed that is now HAULING, my documentary
feature directorial debut.
I was curious to know more about the haulers and how they contributed to the recycling
industry in Brazil. I had a lot of questions that I wanted answered: Where did they go, how
far did they travel every day, how much money did they earn, where did they live, how did
they support their families, who were their friends and how did they begin this type of work
As a resident of Sao Paulo for the past 9 years I had the opportunity to develop this story
over time and with careful consideration.
When the production financing was in place and it came time to document these
incredible stories for the world to see I was overwhelmed with joy and very anxious to get
Duringproduction, I discovered the S„o Paulo I had never known.
We followed the haulers into areas of the city I never knew existed and we met incredibly
interesting people whom we were fortunate enough to capture on camera.
As Brazil moves closer towards legislation that mandates the rules and laws in regards to
recycling, it will be interesting to see how this affects the haulers and their ability to keep
hauling on the streets of this great country.