Waste Land

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Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

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Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

Summary: 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" -- 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. Walker 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. (Arthouse Films)
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Runtime: 90 min
Production: O2 Filmes
Genre: Documentary
Countries: Brazil, UK
Language: English
Director Credit
João Jardim Director
Karen Harley Director
Lucy Walker Director
Principal Cast Credit
Vik Muniz Himself
Cast Credit
Vik Muniz Himself
Producer Credit
Angus Aynsley Producer
Emilia Mello Associate Producer
Fernando Meirelles Executive Producer
Hank Levine Producer
Jackie De Botton Executive Producer
Miel De Botton Executive Producer
Peter Martin Co-Producer
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