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Waste Land Details

  • Release Date: Oct 29, 2010
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Lucy Walker

FULL SYNOPSIS

[[Performer~P674038~Vik Muniz~vikmuniz]] is an artist who literally creates treasure out of trash; using cast-offs he finds at garbage dumps, [[Performer~P674038~Muniz~vikmuniz]] fashions re-creations of famous paintings, and he made an evocative series of images of children who work in sugar plantations using the leftovers from the refining process. So when filmmaker [[Performer~P302891~Lucy Walker~lucywalker]] asked [[Performer~P674038~Muniz~vikmuniz]] if she could make a film about him as he worked on his next project, the two settled on what seemed like the perfect location -- Jardim Gramacho, a Brazilian landfill not far from Rio de Janeiro that's said to be the largest refuse dump in the world. [[Performer~P302891~Walker~lucywalker]]'s documentary Waste Land explores [[Performer~P674038~Muniz~vikmuniz]]'s creative process as he fashions new works from what others have left behind, but it also profiles the people who live near Jardim Gramacho and make their living by sorting what's useful from what is not. [[Performer~P302891~Walker~lucywalker]] lends a dignity to these so-called "trash pickers" as they reveal how much of value can be found in other people's refuse and how they maintain their pride and self-respect despite their sometimes meager circumstances. Waste Land was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 29, 2010

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lucy Walker Best Documentary 2010 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Angus Aynsley Best Documentary 2010 Nominee

Cast

Crew

Lucy Walker
Director
Hank Levine
Producer
Angus Aynsley
Producer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Executive Producer
Fernando Meirelles
Executive Producer
Aaron Phillips
Additional Cinematography
Karen Harley
Co-Director
Heloisa Passos
Additional Cinematography
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