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Wasteland (2010)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 219030031
UPC: 767685239308
UPC 14: 00767685239308
Category Keywords: Art/Artists  Artists  Documentary  Poverty
Rating: NR
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What Happens In The World's Largest Trash City Will Transform You.
The film documents two years of work of brazilian contemporary modern artist vik muniz in creating art with the cooperation of garbage pickers working at jardim gramacho, one of the world's largest landfills, serving the metropolis of rio de janeiro in brazil

"A joy to watch despite the abject poverty it contains.  John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"...a must-see...  Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...inspiring documentary...  Stephen Holden, New York Times

Editor's Note
Vik Muniz is an artist who literally creates treasure out of trash; using cast-offs he finds at garbage dumps, Muniz 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 Lucy Walker asked Muniz 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. Walker's documentary WASTE LAND explores Muniz'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. Walker 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Video Group
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/15/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2010
Video UPC UPC: 00767685239308
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aaron Phillips - Additional DOP
Video Cast Info Moby - Composer
Video Cast Info Heloisa Passos - Additional DOP
Video Cast Info Dudu Miranda - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Vik Muniz - Host
Video Cast Info Fabio Ghivelder - Host
Video Cast Info Sebastiao Carlos DosSantos - Host
Video Cast Info Jose Carlos da Silva Bala Lopes - Host
Video Cast Info Suelem Pereira Dias - Host
Video Cast Info Isis Rodrigues Garros - Host
Video Cast Info Leide Laurentina Dasilva - Host
Video Cast Info Valter DosSantos - Host
Video Cast Info Magna de Franca Santos - Host
Video Cast Info Lucy Walker - Director


Oscar (2011)
   Video Award Name Lucy Walker, Angus Aynsley, Nominee, Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival (2010)
Video Award Name Lucy Walker, Winner, World Cinema - Documentary
   Video Award Name Lucy Walker, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize

Professional Reviews

Washington Post
"[T]he documentary is ultimately an inspiring one about the human capacity for reinvention during dark times." 12/03/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[The film] takes as its entry point into the lives of the pickers the work of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz..." 02/09/2011

4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] quietly powerful testament to the resilience of the poorest of souls....Challenging and inspiring." 03/01/2011

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "What astounds isn't their poverty, but their joie de vivre, a reminder of humanity's ability to transcend its surrounding through art or just plain optimism." 04/01/2011

The Onion A.V. Club 9 of 10
Though narrower in scope and lacking the first-person angle, Waste Land resembles Agnes Varda's great 2000 documentary The Gleaners & I, particularly in its awe of tough< creative, hard-working people who live on the margins. The dump itself is a marvel to behold, and Moby's eerie score adds a cinematic ambience that helps relieve some of the stock documentary elements, like the way Muniz's adventures are sometimes framed like a reality-TV show. It also does Muniz one better by humanizing photographs that are often too aestheticized and unresponsive to how his subjects actually live and work. Waste Land travels to an island populated by society's discards, and finds a piece of salvation. - Scott Tobias

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