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.
Every year at Lollapalooza there are always great alternative bands that headline the Budweiser stage. Phoenix, a band who has been present in the alternative scene for about ten years, was welcomed to headline the stage this year on Saturday night. Their ambient music was a nice counterpart to the opposing band, Green Day, playing a few hundred yards across the park. Before their latest album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, their fan base in America included french following indie trendsetters, but with their latest album, their sound and lyricism has expanded. Now they have are one of the most popular bands in mainstream music. They have acquired new fans without losing their unique sound that made them independent in the first place. Their performance at Lollapalooza was not as groundbreaking as their music, it was reserved as far as live performances go. Fans were pleased to hear the similarity between the live performance and the tracks on the album, but their was hardly an additional accent that came from the musicians in their live set. The members did not step out in front of the crowd to show something that is not already in their music. Maybe they have reached their edge. Still, it was still a pleasure to mellow out and recover for day three of Lollapalooza with Phoenix.
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Director and Producer: Mai Iskander
Winner of the IDA’s Humanitas Award, GARBAGE DREAMS follows three teenage boys – Adham, a bright precocious 17-year-old; Osama, a charming impish 16-year-old; Nabil, a shy artistic 18-year-old – all born into the trash trade, among Egypt’s Christian, Zaballeen minority. The “garbage people” as they are called, live in a ghetto located on the outskirts of Cairo. It is a world folded onto itself, an impenetrable labyrinth of narrow roadways camouflaged by trash.
The Zaballeen survive by recycling the city’s waste. Astonishingly, they repurpose 80% of the garbage, creating what is arguably the world’s most efficient waste disposal system. When Cairo’s city government suddenly decides to replace them with multinational garbage disposal companies, the community finds itself at a crossroads and face to face with the globalization of their trade.
Academy Short List for Best Documentary
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On this day, I will strive to see the peace
that is everywhere and access the abundance of
beauty and joy that lie in every moment.
It is the Eternal Now that I am after.
I will strive to set aside everything I have learned
and presume to know
in order to allow new knowledge and new
experiences to flood my being.
I will strive to be a magnet for powerful,
positive, and miraculous truths, images, words, and music.
Jamie is out in the United States this autumn making his next prime time series for American TV on ABC. It’s set in the lovely town of Huntington, West Virginia, which has been called the unhealthiest city in America. But frankly, Huntington has the same kind of problems with bad health, obesity and diet that people have all over the United States, and back home in the UK.
Jamie wants to take a look at what kids are eating at school and what families are eating at home. His big challenge will be getting the whole community to rally together and be able to cook with fresh ingredients. He’s seen how, with a little bit of confidence, people can quickly start to change the way they eat and live
“Our ability to take collective action is in doubt,” US President Barack Obama warned the plenary at COP15.
As the fifth speaker, President Barack Obama took the floor in the plenary. He stressed that he did not come to talk, but to act.
Being the world largest economy and second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, America has a responsibility, he said, and added that America would continue to move toward a green economy – “but we will be stronger if we act together,” he said.
He told the heads of state and governments that it is imperative with a “mechanism to review whether we are keeping our commitments, and to exchange this information in a transparent manner.” Without such accountability, any agreement would be “empty words on a page”.
The former Danish supermodel traveled to Peru earlier this year to record the lives of local people in the Andes. Together with Oxfam she returned to show a selection of her photographs around the world in an exhibition called “Meltdown,” at Proud Gallery in London.
The world famous Tibetan spiritual leader has spoken out on climate change for the first time, according to a report from Reuters. The Dalai Lama urged governments to put the great global concern before domestic politics, and to take serious action in slowing the rise of global warming.
According to Reuters, the Dalai Lama traveled to Sydney to give a series of talks on climate change, in light of the intense debate taking place on the subject now–Australia’s government is struggling to pass a cap and trade system as we speak. He discussed how individual action is a major part of the solution, and noted how he himself attempts to live frugally and conserves resources in his everyday life.