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Check out this amazing documentary about North Van’s ‘cart racers’

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Looking for something new to watch this week? If you haven’t already seen it, then you need to check out the award-winning documentary Carts of Darkness. Filmed around North Vancouver, this 2008 documentary offers an amazing look at one of Vancouver’s most interesting communities.

The premise was simple. Around North Vancouver, people were using shopping carts to collect drink containers. And, since the area is so hilly, some of them began riding their carts around too. Well, it was only a matter of time before someone with a camera took notice.

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Enter Murray Siple, a local filmmaker. Siple, along with the support of the National Film Board of Canada, got to making a documentary about the local characters and the activity. The result? A heartfelt documentary that explores all aspects of the cart riders, from neighbourhood perspectives to a guide on what makes a good shopping cart.

Interspersed between these scenes are interviews with the subjects themselves. More often than not, these interviews provide an intimate look at the riders themselves, and how they found themselves in their situation.

The best part? It’s free to watch! If you’ve got an hour free, we can’t recommend Carts of Darkness enough. Enjoy the viewing, folks!