Waste Land

Lucy Walker | 2010 | 99 min.

2011 Official Selection

Award Winner: 2011 Best of Festival

Renowned artist Vik Muniz journeys Rio de Janeiro to photograph the world’s largest garbage dump. There he captures 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.