Waste Land

February 15, 2011 by Robin 


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” — 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. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND,

BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have

great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power

of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.



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