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The Recycling of Souls is moving documentary portrait of a recycling facility in Warsaw, Poland, that employs people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The program is run by EKON, an organization that pairs disabled people with green jobs. For people who might not find jobs otherwise, the opportunity provides not just a salary but community and friends. Piotr Malecki, a Polish photojournalist, blends still images and video interviews to tell this story. Malecki produced the short with Panos Pictures as part of a series of vignettes about Warsaw and describes the ongoing project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel.

For more work by Piotr Malecki, visit http://piotrmalecki.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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