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Class Project: The Garbage Movie

Class Project: The Garbage Movie

| 23 min

In this short documentary, a group of pupils aged 8 to 13 embark on a school project to find out all they can about garbage and its impact on the environment. The places they visit tell us a lot about the society we live in and about ecology, cities, art and history.

  • director
    Martin Defalco
  • editing
    Martin Defalco
  • producer
    Mark Zannis
  • executive producer
    Peter Katadotis
  • script
    Martin Defalco
    Mark Zannis
  • photography
    Don Virgo
  • sound
    Michel Hazel
    Yves Gendron
  • sound editing
    Gloria Demers
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel


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Ages 7 to 13

Study Guide - Guide 1

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Consumer Awareness
Geography - Environmental Issues
Science - Environmental Science

Before watching the documentary, create Q-chart questions regarding the garbage/disposal cycle. Research your town/municipalities garbage collection system. What improvements have been made since this film was made in 1980? Suggest improvements for the next 40 years. Research how garbage collection/disposal differs between rural and urban areas in Canada. Identify the advantages/disadvantages of different types of garbage disposal.

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