On the outskirts of Rio de Janiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

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An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves. Written by Anonymous

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What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you.

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$8,656 (USA) (5 November 2010)

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$187,716 (USA) (18 March 2011)
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Vik Muniz: I'm the Brazilian artist who is the most - I hate to say this-but who sells and is the most popular overseas.
Activist: Congratulations, man!
Vik Muniz: I grew up very poor, but now I've reached a point where I want to give back.
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Written by Moby
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Moby appears courtesy of Mute Records Ltd
© 2005 Warner -Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) and the Little Idiot Music (BMI)
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Recycle of life
13 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to not be moved by this film. Although the film takes about an hour to get going, once the movie gets its footing you will be mesmerized by how transformative creativity can be for the soul. You want a happy ending for everyone involved, you want everyone to leave their metallic shacks to live in houses with plumbing, you want in essence a perfect world...no warts and all.

However, only Hollywood scripts give birth to such wild fantasy and this film is real and by its own measure, the happiness we see, while real, may only be fleeting.

Waste Land is an excellent film.


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