Trash art fighting against poverty in the worlds biggest trash city.
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. Munizs 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 (DEVILS 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.
Read more – www.wastelandmovie.com
Director: Lucy Walker
Country: England/Brazil, 2010
Duration: 99 minutes
The English director Lucy Walker is known for four theatrical feature documentaries: Devil’s Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Countdown to Zero (2010) and DOXBIOs selection Waste Land (2010). This last documentary has up till now won a total of 26 prizes. Among these are IDFAs and Sundances Audience Award.