Carts of Darkness is a super cool hour long documentary from Canada about (mainly) homeless guys that collect people’s empty glass and plastic bottles then recycle them to make money. I know that sounds boring but what if I was to tell you that some of these guys also ride shopping trolleys down huge hills at speeds of up to 50mph? Not so boring now, hey!
“Murray Siple’s feature-length documentary follows a group of homeless men who have combined bottle picking with the extreme sport of racing shopping carts down the steep hills of North Vancouver. This subculture shows that street life is much more than the stereotypes portrayed in mainstream media.”
As expected these dudes all have their problems: drugs, alcohol, stealing, prison time, the usual stuff. They are also interesting fellas with stories to tell and the ones that bomb hills on the back of carts are completely and utterly fearless! Doing it on a skateboard is scary, doing it on a brakeless fixed gear is terrifying but watching a trolley with tiny little wheels going at that speed made me want to look away.
The trailer is below to give you a taste of it and the full film is at the bottom, well worth it if you have an hour to spare.