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Dead fetus

You see a lot of things in La Chureca. Virtually everything gets dumped there: syringes, packs of blood, dead horses. Some days it stinks, some days it's muddy, some days it's full of smoke. You never know what to expect, when you drive down the road that leads into the dump …

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BY MY SIDE in La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario

This was part of our daily routine while shooting BY MY SIDE in Managua: pick up an espresso and La Prensa or El Nuevo Diario in one of the Esso gas stations of the Nicaraguan capital. Why Esso? Because as surprising as it might seem, they had some of the …

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BY MY SIDE in Peru, Chile and Spain

After the story about BY MY SIDE , that ran yesterday in La Jornada, a daily paper in Nicaragua, EFE, the largest news service in Spain and Latinoamerica ran a piece on our documentary as well. The EFE story was picked up, among others by lainformacion.com, a large news portal …

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Closing Rio’s Waste Land

The Jardim de Gramacho dump of Rio de Janeiro, which was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land, will close this week. According to local media, the end of Jardim de Gramacho is scheduled for June 1st, right before Rio+20, which will take place from June 13 until June 22 …

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First story in Nicaraguan media about the film

This morning, the first story about BY MY SIDE ran today in La Jornada, a local media in Nicaragua. This is really exciting, as we are getting ready to release the documentary soon. BY MY SIDE is more than just a film, it is an attempt to have an impact …

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Rain in the Chureca

The first time I got to Chureca in February 2011, there was smoke everywhere. It was spectacular, almost beautiful.   When we shot By My Side in October, it was raining all the time. Each day the Churequeros knew they would have to spend their day of work soaked and …

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Perrozompopo’s social battle

Perrozompopo, Nicaragua's biggest rock star, is man with a cause. The artist is using his music to help out his fellow Nicaraguans. His input in By My Side has been huge, providing three songs to the film. Last month, he performed at the Nicaraguan telethon, helping raise more than 900,000 …

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Heaven and hell

Check out this clip. Every day after work, Fabiola, Noel and their family go to the "beach" to clean themselves. What they call the "beach" is the lake that surrounds the Chureca. If it was not the site of a garbage dump and if the water was not that polluted, …

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Welcome to the new bymysidefilm.com

Some days are bigger than others in the life of a documentary. May 16th 2012 will remain one of those important days for By My Side. After weeks of intense work, we are pleased to launch the new version of bymysidefilm.com. The site has been designed by the incredible Ivan …

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Unknown boy in the Chureca

 

    I took this picture a few months ago in the Chureca. I never talked to this boy taking a break from his hard labor. Why? It is hard to know as a reporter what makes you talk to people. Why do you choose to focus on a particular …

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