Think Global, Act Rural

2010
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What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you. Filmed over 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 (Countdown To Zero) obtains great access to the entire process with Waste Land offering stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. © 2010 ALMEGA PROJECTS AND O2 FILMES
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