Time: March 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Towson University College of Liberal Arts, 2110 Towson University, 8000 York Rd, Towson, MD
Topic: Film "WASTELAND", part of the Sustainability Film Series. "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. 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." -- (http://www.wastelandmovie.com). This movie has received great reviews. I can't make it to the movie showing, but I rented it on Netflix, and it is a very humanistic movie. It shows the lives and aspirations of people who must work in a garbage dump for a living, who are often regarded as beneath notice.