Manila's Railside : Life on the Line (2009)
Manila, the Philippines' capital is the most densely populated city in the world. Around 43,000 people inhabit a square kilometer of space. Each day more and more people migrate to the city in search for better opportunities. The continuing rise on the resident index has led to issues on poverty, overpopulation and housing. This manifestation couldn't be more evident in Manila's railways, where people live in shanties built inches away from the tracks. It is a recurring danger where it is not unusual to see people getting dragged along the tracks. With the slow and little effort to relocate residents, the communities have developed a symbiotic relationsip with the line - using makeshift pushcarts for transport and making it a children's playground. As the government pushes to clear these urban dwellings from hundreds of kilometers of track, someone somewhere is building a home and life on the line continues.