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Waste Land [2010 Documentary film] (2010)

by Lucy Walker

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Acclaimed British director Lucy Walker (who documented Amish teens in The Devil's Playground) follows successful artist Vik Muniz as he travels from his Brooklyn workshop to the world's largest landfill, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he begins a collaborative project with some of the denizens of the dump. As the film goes deeper, we learn the stories of those who work (and sometimes live) with the waste of others. Moving gracefully from starkly beautiful scenes at the landfill (scored by Moby) to Muniz's workshop, where the trash art comes to life, Waste Land is a film that strips away our preconceptions about the nature of art and reminds us of the power of dignity and a sense of purpose.

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  TrueFalseFilm | Feb 16, 2013 |
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Landfollows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (Devil's Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
  sustainrca | Oct 16, 2012 |
Filmed over 3 years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores"--or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.
  CanonCo-op | Sep 26, 2011 |
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Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (Devil s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. 2 copies, runtime: 1:39:00.
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Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes viewers on an emotional journey to the world's largest landfill of the day, Jardim Gramacho. Here the catadores, who number in the thousands, work under the hot sun collecting recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic, and metal to be sold to wholesalers. Muniz invites the catadores to add refuse to his art, photographing the work from overhead. The finished artwork will then be on display in museums and auctions around the world.… (more)

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