Thanks to all of you for your feedback on our new addition to our Docs In Progress Meet-Ups - to see a documentary film and meet to discuss it over coffee or a meal. We'll kick off the Documentary Discussion Meet-Up on Sunday, December 5 with a Meet-Up to discuss the new documentary WASTE LAND.
The film will be screening at Landmark's E Street Theatre [masked]th Street, NW in Washington DC) and, while we are still awaiting exact screening times for that date, I will set an approximate Meet-Up time for the discussion as 3 pm at the Cosi across the street from the theater with the idea that we will meet up there AFTER the film. (I may update this meet-up time slightly as soon as we know the exact time the film screens). I selected Cosi because it is a quiet spot where people can opt to eat or just have a cup of coffee - your choice.See WASTE LAND and discuss over cof?
ABOUT THE FILM
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, 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. WASTE LAND won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival.