Canning to Survive (02:43)
In New York, empty cans and bottles can be redeemed for 5 cents. For unemployed New Yorkers, canning is a growing profession. Walter, a 60-year-old veteran, has been collecting cans for 10 years.
Cans Equal Money (01:55)
Walter calculates everyday items in terms of cans. One cup of coffee is 50 cans. Walter finds a place to sleep on a bench, where the police will not bother him.
Elderly and Unemployed (02:00)
Susan, a former Microsoft employee, is unable to survive on social security alone and resorts to canning. For her, canning is survival of the fittest
Redemption Center (04:15)
Susan travels to a supermarket redemption center and explains the "Bottle Bill of Rights." She fights with another canner over territory.
Canning Community (04:20)
Jamie asks another canner how he got started in the business, and talks with a husband and wife team from Guatemala who are supporting eight children.
Chinatown Redemption Center (03:45)
John, a former World Trade Center employee, emigrated from Japan. He worked with computers, but lost employment after the 9/11 attacks. Hassan helps Lilly redeem so she can rest.
Immigrant Workers Hit the Streets (02:58)
Lilly explains how she met Hassan. If she had not immigrated to the United States, she would be raising pigs and chickens in China.
Unlikely Friendship (03:46)
Lilly cans through the night without sleep. She lives in a one bedroom apartment with seven people. Lilly cuts John's hair and helps him shave, but they do not speak each-other's language.
Family Support (04:26)
Nuve, a single mother of three, goes canning to make the best future for her children. Her youngest, not yet in school, watches her work. As the oldest, she must help her entire family.
Canning Life (02:12)
For Walter, Susan, Lilly, John, Jamie, and Nuve, canning is a way of survival, but the hard work and near starvation takes its toll.
Credits: Redemption (01:31)
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