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Waste Land

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:October 29, 2010
Running time:98 minutes
Cast:Vik Muniz, Fabio Ghivelder, Isis Rodrigues Garros, José Carlos da Silva Baia Lopes, Sebastião Carlos dos Santos
Director:Lucy Walker, João Jardim, Karen Harley
Producer:Angus Aynsley, Hank Levine
Distributor:Arthouse Films

Description: "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.

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