A selection of participatory and community-based documentaries:

It’s Your Chance – Ithuba Lakhu, South Africa

This Participatory Video is a product of a Community-based Research (CBR) project with youth members of Iliso Care Society in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, and the Program on Water Governance at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Between November 2014 and April 2015, participatory research was conducted in Khayelitsha (Site C) using video to document community stories and raise awareness on issues related to water and sanitation.  For more information please visit:

CATADORAS AND CATADORES: The work in recycling cooperatives, Brazil

The video describes the work of organized recyclers (catadores) in Brazil pervading many social, economic, political and environmental issues.

Production: André Carrieri and Jutta Gutberlet


This video, co-produced by the Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) at the University of Victoria and EKOS Communications, is part of a larger project focusing on the livelihoods of informal and organized recyclers -called Catadores- in Brazil. Beyond Gramacho reveals the socio-economic and environmental conditions, struggles and opportunities that are present in informal resource recovery. Over 1800 Catadores work day and night at the landfill and neighboring recycling cooperatives, recovering recyclable materials from the waste stream.

Co-producers: Jutta Gutberlet, Crystal Tremblay and Rick Searle


This video takes you through the residential area, a squatter settlement beside the landfill, where many of the Catadores and their families live. The visit painted a sad reality of the extreme poverty and exclusion this community faces. As meager as this work is, it is for many the only life they have known, and the proposed closure of the landfill poses a major threat to their livelihoods. The video illustrates the growing national social movement of Catadores, the Movimento Nacional dos Catadores, and showcases some successful experiences from the Greater Metropolitan Region of São Paulo.