• Abbey Arts Centre (map)
  • Ballyshannon
  • FREE EVENT

IFTA Award-nominated 'Toughest Place To Be...' (2016, Motive TV, directed by Garry Keane) takes a Dublin street cleaner and transports him to a crowded, impoverished suburb of Manila to try his hand at street cleaning there. Award-winning director Garry Keane and producer Jamie D'Alton will hold a Q&A directly after the screening. 

Mark Crosbie is a street cleaner with Dublin City Council. For eight days Mark has agreed to swap the cobbled stone streets of Temple Bar for one of the most polluted and densely populated cities in the world, Manila. How will Mark cope as he experiences life at the extreme end of his trade as immerses himself into a new family and community while learning how his job is done in some of the most unforgiving and difficult conditions imaginable.

Over the course of the documentary, Mark grapples with cultural differences, new work practices and the extreme work conditions. He quickly starts to understand the extreme challenges facing the poorest people in Manila. From the exceptionally low salaries earned by waster workers to the thousands of people forced to scavenge for a living on the landfill. Mark struggles to come to terms with a world where people survive on the things that we throw away.