Waste Land

Waste Land


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
UPC: 0767685239308
Original Release: 2010
Source: New Video Group
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 41,121

Special Features

Extended bonus footage: "Beyond Gramacho"; "An Untold Story"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vik Muniz Participant
Fabio Ghivelder Participant
Sebastiao Carlos Dos Santos Participant
Jose Carlos da Silva Bala Lopes Participant
Suelem Pereira Dias Participant
Isis Rodrigues Garros Participant
Leide Laurentina da Silva Participant
Valter Dos Santos Participant
Magna de Franca Santos Participant

Technical Credits
Lucy Walker Director
Angus Aynsley Producer
Miel de Botton Aynsley Executive Producer
Miel de Bottom Executive Producer
Jackie de Bottom Executive Producer
Jackie de Botton Executive Producer
02 Filmes Executive Producer
Pedro Kos Editor
Hank Levine Producer
Peter Martin Co-producer
Fernando Meirelles Executive Producer
Dudu Miranda Cinematographer
Moby Score Composer
Heloisa Passos Cinematographer
Aaron Phillips Cinematographer
Almega Projects Executive Producer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Waste Land
1. Sugar Children [6:06]
2. The Realm of Fine Arts [4:52]
3. Jardim Gramacho [7:41]
4. Association of Pickers [6:39]
5. A Picker's Life [11:03]
6. Honest Work [5:38]
7. A Family to Support [11:39]
8. Making Art [4:59]
9. Becoming a Work of Art [14:56]
10. Auction in London [9:42]
11. Museum of Modern Art Exibit [9:30]
12. Credits [6:06]

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