no select info
no select background
no select accident
no select synopsis
no select payatas
no select showtimes
no select staff
no select review
no select director's note
no select director
no select contact
no select back top
no select change japanese
background title

In November, 1995, "Smoky Mountain," the garbage dump that had served Manila for over 40 years, was closed completely by the government of the Philippines for being "a symbol of poverty."
photo PAYATASAfter this, the garbage that had previously been dumped at Smoky Mountain began to be taken to Payatas dump in Quezon City. (Anti-air pollution laws prohibit the burning of garbage in the Philippines.)
While reporting on the Payatas dump, director Shinomiya Hiroshi realized that many children were being born with disabilities. (He discovered over 200 cases of this.) Shinomiya's decision to shoot this project was born from his desire to convey this harsh situation to the rest of the world by filming the children with disabilities. However, when he began living with the children, he gradually stopped seeing them as "disabled children." photo 2 PAYATAS Over time, he stopped wanting to portray the tragic situation of the residents of the dump, and wanted instead to convey a sense of the people and families who live proudly, doing their best.