After more than 6 years that include research and fundraising, Holy Shit (formerly titled Shit Happens) is in production! Read on and enjoy three short videos.
Shooting began in Geneva, Switzerland where we documented the Cressy and Soubeyran communities of the Equilibre Cooperative. In both communities wastewater is treated locally without a sewer connection, and converted into fertilizer to grow food. From the very beginning, before a stone was laid, the residents participated in the process of selecting the architect, designing the building, and becoming responsible for the local management of their own excrements. Can the answer to our housing and wastewater treatment crises reside in the active and participatory work of citizens?
Afterward, we visited the Jenfelder Au community in Hamburg, Germany where a young girl, and a seasoned wastewater professional guided us in learning how methane gas, generated from the poop and pee of its over one thousand residents, powers and heats their apartments.
Most recently we returned from Ystad where we visited with Carl Lindström, the inventor of the Clivus Multrum. If Kleenex is the name for facial tissues, and Pampers for diapers, Clivus Multrum is for dry toilets. During our stay in the windy coastal town in southern Sweden, we documented the latest low-tech technologies that can replace sewer connections and wastewater treatment plants, at a fraction of their price, in suburban and rural areas, without polluting the environment, while recovering the nutrients for agricultural use.
Next stops (COVID19-willing): Barcelona’s Nativity Scene, and the Parisian sewers.
Stay tuned for more.