Watch These Freegans Liberate the Trader Joe’s Dumpster

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This 21-minute-long detour, sort of literally, into the gutter of New York’s food waste system may change the way you feel about spiral-glazed ham. The freegan world filmmaker Alex Mallis depicts in Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest is a stealthy, entertaining argument that Dumpster diving is less of a Portlandia-style punchline and more of age-old tradition with a cast of characters not unlike the heart-shaped potato seekers in Agnès Varda’s “>The Gleaners and I. If you’ve ever wondered what kinds of great things begin in the trash bin outside Trader Joe’s on Court Street, click on through.

Spoils [Narratively]