'Dogtown Redemption' Spotlights Homeless Recyclers of West Oakland

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 (Chihiro Wimbush)

Soon after Amir Soltani moved to West Oakland a decade ago, he started noticing people scavenging recyclables from his trash. Soltani grabbed a video camera and followed them to the local recycling center. He discovered a world of enterprising homeless Oaklanders making their living by collecting and selling scrap metal. Solani's side project eventually became a documentary, "Dogtown Redemption," that is being re-released around the Bay Area on April 5th. Soltani joins us in studio to discuss the film and the lives of those living on West Oakland's streets.


Amir Soltani, executive producer and co-director of "Dogtown Redemption"; co-creator of "Zahra's Paradise," a graphic novel set in Iran