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Contemporary artist Vik Muniz is the featured lead in the film. Expanding his portfolio of intriguing art made from non-conventional material, Muniz embarks on a massive project in his native country Brazil. Going to Rio de Janeiro's largest garbage dump, he wants to utilize the natural resources there to make portraits of individual workers. A huge collaborative undertaking (the film spans almost three years), he gets the cooperation of the local union and enlists a select team of assistants for the project. He oversees the art, but the locals are its stars as well as the ones who assemble the actual final product. In doing so, they start to envision a world outside the daily confines of the dump. Walker begins with Muniz as the centerpiece for the story, but the movie evolves into a real character piece about those locals enlisted in the project.Read more ›
My preconceptions couldn't have been more wrong. Vik (the artist) grew up in the lower classes of Brazil so he has a clear connection to the "pickers" and their circumstances. The characters are real people who are well developed - you understand how they ended up at the landfill and what they think about their work, their place in life and society.
You will not look at your job on Monday the same way after seeing this film. You will not blindly reach for the garbage can again either. This is such a powerful story with universal themes - I don't know why the movie hasn't gotten more attention. One thought on this: I watched the trailer after I saw the movie and it just doesn't make me want to see the movie.
Best line of the movie: "99 is not 100". Excellent film, highly recommended.
Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz has now walked in both worlds. Extremely successful for his edgy and contemporary photographs of people and places, Muniz decided to return to Brazil to capture the "flavor" of Jardim Gramacho, the recipient of 70% of the garbage from the area surrounding Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds and hundreds of people make a living at this landfill by wading through the freshly delivered garbage to extract anything salvageable or salable. The recyclables are sold. The wearable is worn. The readable is read. The dead bodies are reported.
Ironically, Muniz brings out the beauty in this place, particularly with the catadores who scavenge and sort here. He can't, however, capture the smell, which must be horrific. Muniz and the workers soon suffer olfactory fatigue, although "suffer" in this case is probably a good thing.
These catadores are nameless until Muniz brings us their stories. They are parents, and dreamers, and philosophers, and activists. They sort, and cook, and discover. They are proud of what they contribute, yet they hope their children graduate to better things.
Muniz builds confidence with these workers, and highlights a limited number of them as subjects for an exhibition... people of the garbage. He develops these huge murals of their portraits using materials collected from the landfill as his media. It's beautiful and the people are lovely. But you begin to get uncomfortable. The selected catadores really seem to enjoy their moment in the lights, but what happens when Muniz and his team leave? What is the legacy here?
Watch Waste Land to find out. Highly recommended.
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Excellent, inspiring film. As a tribal environmental specialist I've shown this movie all around for classes of all ages and adult groups in the community and I always get a... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Tammy Parker
Absurd that the subject is Brazilian and there are no Spanish subtitles for the rest of the South American continent.
That's a waste land right there.
Excellent movie about how a famous person can be transformed by helping others. A must see movie!Published 6 months ago by Jenny
I used to think Vik Muniz was a bit of a "schtick-artist" but this video illustrates BEAUTIFULLY how following a thread of heartfelt interest and personal inspiration can... Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. K. Ridgway
The item was delivered on time. However, it was unwatchable due to pixelation. In addition, it was set up for PAL, not NTSC, even though the DVD was purchased in the US. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sng
Amazing. I cried when I watched the women's stories. I would love an updated "Where are they now" documentary.Published 9 months ago by RecycleCarole
My middle school students were engaged and interested in this film. I felt bad at first to see that there were so many subtitles thinking they would not be able to follow. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julie Stockinger