THE MOUNTAIN THIEF is a narrative feature film about a world of monstrous mountains of trash where a family confronts their ultimate fight for survival .
It is the first narrative feature film that was shot in the garbage-collecting town of Payatas in the Philippines where the living conditions are possibly the most horrific in the world. It was also the first film that was made with a cast culled from the scavengers of a garbage-collecting town, from the graduates of the town’s only acting workshop. The Director instituted the workshop in December of 2004. A micro-philanthropy project called Mount Hope Project was initiated by the filmmakers to help the scavengers who acted in the film.
The film is currently in post production and was selected to the 2008 IFP Narrative Rough Cut Labs.
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