MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 2, 2022: SCRAP

In a world overrun with stuff, it’s all too easy to turn a blind eye to what happens to that stuff when we’re done using it. In Scrap, Stacey Tenenbaum takes a deliberate, thoughtful look at the afterlife of everything from cars to cell phone components, introducing us to people around the world whose interest in old, worn-out things gives them a chance at rebirth — and gives us a glimpse at the potential hiding within even the rustiest piece of “junk.”

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SCRAP – Review by Loren King

Director and producer Stacey Tenenbaum’s documentary Scrap is an elegy for refuse, specifically metal, ranging from clunky cars to tiny cell phone chips. She takes us around the world for short visits with people who’ve repurposed and/or restored discarded items, revealing the deeply personal joy of rescue that’s also a rebirth. The film is a metaphor-rich journey that offers the chance to spend time with passionate, creative characters and a meditation on the things we abandon and the things we save.

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SCRAP – Review by Cate Marquis

Stacey Tenenbaum’s Scrap is the kind of documentary film that invites you into its world, to look closer at something seemingly ordinary which suddenly becomes intriguing, and perhaps even a bit profound. In this case, it is the realm of metal objects whose useful lives have ended – scrap metal – but which are being re-used, restored or reborn as art.

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