Brazil, 2010, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom
Genre/Subjects: Art, Biographical, Documentary, Environmental, Foreign, Social Issues
MUST END Thursday, December 2 at the NEW Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Digital presentation - 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 "matadors"—or 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 (Countdown to Zero, Devil’s Playground, Blindsight) 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. Winner of the Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Co-winner, Best Documentary Audience Award, Seattle International Film Festival. Original music by Moby.
DIRECTOR: Lucy Walker
US Distributor: Arthouse Films
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