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Sunday, 5 December 2010

World Film: Waste Land

I'm always looking out for world films that bring creativity, real life and a clear positive message! This is one that caught my eye...

If you're also a fan of world films and art, watch this space... this month, I'm going to post up a few so stay tuned!

Waste Land is a film that follows Brazil native Vik Muniz as he travels from Brooklyn to Rio's Jardim Gramacho, the planet's largest garbage dump. Upon arrival he begins photographing local recycling pickers and "paints" their portraits with garbage from the dump. Looking much cooler than it sounds, the film is currently playing in theaters across the world.


Below is Waste Land's synopsis from its site:
"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”—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. Director Lucy 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."

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