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Waste Land
99 minutes
Director(s): Lucy Walker
Fri 9:30 am Varsity 1
Sun 12:00 pm Varsity 1 RUSH

Filmed over nearly three years, the Oscar-nominated film 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. With intimate access we are offered stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary: Feature. [subtitles]

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