Gringos in the Garbage

Scavenging for answers is never a waste.

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Gringos in the Garbage: Jess Rothenburger, Warren FitzGerald

About the Gringos

Beyond their western and white-male privilege Warren FitzGerald and Jess Rothenburger have little in common. Warren is a bachelor Englishman who earns his living as a professional writer with a background as a social worker and musician. He lives half the year in his suburban house in North London and the other half indulging his passion for travel and avoiding the cold at his beach side bungalow in Sri Lanka. He sees the world through a creative, sensitive lens.

On the contrary, Jess is Canadian and lives in a small city with his wife and young kids in Western Canada. Jess has a background in the non-profit sector and used to run his own travel company, but currently earns his living as a home-technologist. His lens is more academic and analytical.

Warren and Jess met on a ‘volunteer vacation’ in Rwanda in 2009. Despite their different realities, they connected based on their mutual fascination with the developing world and their obsession with getting to know people by participating in their lives. Since 2009 the two Gringos have traveled the world together, looking for authentic experiences of what it means to live in the so-called 'developing world’.

In 2014 they partnered in the creation of the full feature documentary ‘Gringos in the Garbage’.

About Gringos in The Garbage

from the Gringos

El Limonal is an impoverished Nicaraguan community located between a sewage plant, a cemetery and a garbage dump. For people here, survival is a daily challenge largely achieved by making use of other people’s waste.

Warren FitzGerald and Jess Rothenburger first visited El Limonal as ‘voluntourists’ in 2013. But they were compelled to return in 2014 to live with the locals and scavenge in search of recyclables and answers. The idea was to make a film about the experience, an equal share of the proceeds from which would be given to the community to spend however it wanted.

For these two Gringos it was just the start of a journey of connections, joy, tears and illness that would lead them to question the very meaning of wealth and poverty. Not only would they learn about surviving from a dump, but also about the endurance of the human spirit and the preserving of dignity.

Warren Fitzgerald & Jess Rothenburger

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