Waste Land
Waste Land
Director:
Lucy Walker


Synopsis:
Filmed over nearly three years, 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" -- or 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. 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.

WINNER Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2010

WINNER Audience Award for Best Film, Panorama, Berlin Film Festival 2010

WINNER Audience Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2010

WINNER Target Documentary Filmmaker Award, Dallas Film Festival 2010

WINNER Golden Space Needle Award, Seattle International Film Festival 2010

WINNER Audience Award, Provincetown Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Amnesty International Film Award, Berlin Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Maui Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Paulinia Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Best Documentary, Durban Int'l Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Durban Int'l Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, Durban Int'l Film Festival 2010


technical:
98 Mins | | Stereo | Color | Not Rated
Festivals Awards:
WINNER Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2010

WINNER Audience Award for Best Film, Panorama, Berlin Film Festival 2010

WINNER Audience Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2010

WINNER Target Documentary Filmmaker Award, Dallas Film Festival 2010

WINNER Golden Space Needle Award, Seattle International Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Provincetown International Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Amnesty International Film Award, Berlin Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Maui Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Paulinia Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Best Documentary, Durban Int'l Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Audience Award, Durban Int'l Film Festival 2010

WINNER, Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award, Durban Int'l Film Festival 2010