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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


Studio New Video Group
SKU 219030031
UPC 767685239308
UPC 14 00767685239308
Format DVD
Release Date 3/15/2011
Rating NR
Editors Note
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.
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
Empire 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
Cast & Crew
Aaron Phillips - Additional DOP
Moby - Composer
Heloisa Passos - Additional DOP
Dudu Miranda - Director of Photography
Vik Muniz - Host
Fabio Ghivelder - Host
Sebastiao Carlos DosSantos - Host
Jose Carlos da Silva Bala Lopes - Host
Suelem Pereira Dias - Host
Isis Rodrigues Garros - Host
Leide Laurentina Dasilva - Host
Valter DosSantos - Host
Magna de Franca Santos - Host
Lucy Walker - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00767685239308
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (2011) Lucy Walker, Angus Aynsley, Nominee, Best Documentary, Features
Sundance Film Festival (2010) Lucy Walker, Winner, World Cinema - Documentary,Lucy Walker, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review 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.
Reviewer Scott Tobias
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter A joy to watch despite the abject poverty it contains.
Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune ...a must-see...
Stephen Holden, New York Times ...inspiring documentary...

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