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Waste Land

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DIRECTOR:  Lucy Walker, Karen Harley

RELEASE: 2010

IMDB RATING: 7:7

GENRE: Documentary

AWARDS:  Sundance Film Festival Best World Cinema 2010, Cinema for Peace Amnesty International Human Rights Award, Seattle International Film Festival Award

SYNOPSIS: An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves. A social documentary based around the lives of garbage pickers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a man by the name of Vik Muniz creates art out of recycled material. The film starts with an introduction into Vik Muniz's career as an artist and how he is reveled as "one of the greatest [artists] of our generation"; swiftly leading into his desire to change the lives of the catadores, only to discover that he would become the changed.

 

 

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