Waste Land

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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” —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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  • Dave K.

    Evening all. So you know, we have permission to screen this film and are simply waiting for responses from a screening venue to be able to start our 2015 season in April/May. Cheers :)

    2 days ago

  • Jessica C.

    wow, this looks great :)

    2 days ago

  • joydegeus

    sounds good to me!

    January 2

  • Nicki

    Yes, good choice...

    January 1

  • joydegeus

    Sounds like a great movie

    November 22

  • astrid

    This is a great film! Very thought provoking

    September 10

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  • Sue H.

    School of Design Wellington. London. Geneva. Back in Wellington.

  • Jemma B.

    Wellington based designer/proje­ct manager keen to watch some good DesignCinema flicks

  • Carol M

    I'm really into abstract art and finger painting with pastels ! colourful, vibrant and... more

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