• Waste Land (2010)

Waste Land

Release Date: October 29th, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 15th, 2011

PG |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world's largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the so-called catadores, the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials. Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings. In his desire to assist the catadores and change their lives, Muniz finds himself changed as well.

Cast: Vik Muniz

Director: Lucy Walker , Karen Harley , João Jardim

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Inspiring, Transformation, Sacrifice, 2000s, Spirited, Gritty, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's not a very good title, Waste Land - this isn't a bleak film, at all - but just about everything else in Lucy Walker's documentary works, and illuminates. show more

  • 80
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    A dump is a dump, but it's immediately clear that these are working people who are making the best of their options and who have built a shared camaraderie out of that determination. show more

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Overall, though, the project brings enough good into this rough corner of the world that viewers can walk out with honest cause to be hopeful for its inhabitants. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)
Nominated Best Sound
Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2011)
Winner Best Documentary
Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2011)
Nominated Best Editing - Documentary
Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2011)