Brazilian artist Vik Muniz creates photographic images of people using found materials from the places where they live and work. His “Sugar Children” series portrays the images of deprived children of Caribbean plantation workers using the sugar from their surroundings. When acclaimed filmmaker Lucy Walker trains her camera on Muniz, he is cultivating a new idea for a project. He knows the material he wants to use—garbage—but who will be the subject of the new series of works?
Waste Land is a wonderfully resonant documentary that chronicles Muniz’s journey to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He collaborates with an eclectic band of catadors, or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials, and photographs these inspiring characters as they recycle their lives and society’s garbage. Walker gains fantastic access to the entire process and in doing so, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the dignity that can be found in personal determination.—Sundance Film Festival
Lucy Walker (born in London, United Kingdom) is a British film director, mostly of theatrical feature documentaries. On January 25th, 2011 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Waste Land, which she directed. The film has won over thirty awards including Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin and the IDA’s Best Documentary and Pare Lorentz Awards.
On January 24th, 2012 she received a second consecutive Academy Award nomination, this time in the Best Documentary Short category for The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, which she directed and produced; the film was also awarded the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
In June 2012 she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). She is also a member of the British Academy (BAFTA), the Writers’ Guild (WGA) and the Directors’ Guild (DGA).
Lucy Walker was born in London, United Kingdom, started… read more
A film about turning garbage into art, sadly it's closer to the former than to te latter. Looking at her portrait, one of the characters states at the end: "I couldn't, but my image went all around the world". Her image is what the movie is based on, it's what interests the audience, [part1]
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Title: Waste Land
Country: Brazil, UK
Language: English, Portuguese
Waste Land is a documentary about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and his “social work” with workers from the garbage dump Jardim Gramacho. All that poverty is heartbreaking and outrageous in a country… read review