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Garbage Warrior, 2007

Oliver Hodge

Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary about the renegade American architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically different ways of living. This excerpt from the film focuses on his construction of houses in the post-tsunami Andaman Islands. 


In 2007, in the immediate aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck the coasts of India, an eight-person crew lead by Reynolds embarked on a five-day journey from New Mexico to the Little Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal. Using locally sourced tires, plastic and glass bottles, and aluminum cans, Reynolds and his crew built a prototype room with a water-harvesting roof and a cistern below, evolved their sewage system for the tropical climate, and provided power by means of solar panels. In Reynolds' own words, the result was "a very sculptural and beautiful building method with little or no outside utility needs."

Oliver Hodge is an American producer and director who founded Open Eye Media UK in 2003. He is the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize of Eko Film (2009), the Spirit of Activism Award at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival of Nevada (2009), and many other awards. His concern for the environment was triggered during his years as a product designer at Central St. Martin's School of Art in London. In May 2003, he met Michael Reynolds, and was inspired by his apocalyptic view of the future and his sense of urgency.

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