October 29, 2010

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This inspiring film festival favorite from director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) presents a stirring display of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to the world’s largest garbage dump on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he sheds light on a captivating group of catadores who spend their days picking recyclable materials.

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From the New York Times:

“The photographer Vik Muniz and his 2008 “Pictures of Garbage,” using material from a dump near Rio, are the subject of a documentary called “Waste Land.” Pictured, Mr. Muniz with one of the portraits in the series.”