"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.
Official Site: www.wastelandmovie.com
Director: Lucy Walker and João Jardim
Producer: Angus Aynsley and Hank Levine
Cast: Vik Muniz, Fabio Ghivelder, Isis Rodrigues Garros, José Carlos da Silva Baia Lopes, Sebastião Carlos dos Santos, Valter dos Santos, Leide Laurentina da Silva, Magna de França Santos and Suelem Pereira Dias
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