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Vik Muniz’s Wasteland Project – Trailer

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In preparation for Earth Day tomorrow, here’s a trailer for the documentary Waste Land, an inspiring story of the Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz and his project to help the collectors in Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho rubbish dump to a better quallity of life.

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows 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 (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) 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.

wastelandmovie.com

Strange Random Environment Quote:

The packaging for a microwavable “microwave” dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries. – David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990

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