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Waste Land -- Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

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22 October 2010 (Poland) See more »
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What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you.
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 28 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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A simply wonderful documentary See more (22 total) »

Cast

 

Vik Muniz ... Himself

Directed by
Lucy Walker 
Karen Harley (co-director)
João Jardim (co-director)
 
Produced by
Angus Aynsley .... producer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro .... executive producer
Jackie De Botton .... executive producer (as Jackie de Botton)
Miel De Botton .... executive producer (as Miel de Botton Aynsley)
Hank Levine .... producer
Peter Martin .... co-producer
Fernando Meirelles .... executive producer
Emilia Mello .... associate producer
Alex Moreno .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Moby 
 
Cinematography by
Ernesto Herrmann 
Dudu Miranda (director of photography)
Heloísa Passos (co-director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pedro Kos 
 
Production Management
Cristina Abi .... executive post producer
Tiago Arakilian .... post-production supervisor
Mahyad Tousi .... unit production manager
 
Sound Department
Aloysio Compasso .... sound mixer (as Aloisio Compasso)
Ludovic Lasserre .... sound recordist: London unit
Samuel Lehmer .... re-recording mixer
José Moreau Louzeiro .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
David Breslin .... photo retoucher
Gary Breslin .... visual effects designer
Martin Cobelo .... digital compositor
Ronaldo Alves de Lima .... digital compositor
Forrest Heidel .... visual effects producer
Maria Catherine Sandoval .... visual effects coordinator
Raphael Zwyer .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Barney Davis .... Steadicam operator
Luz Guerra .... assistant camera
Vladimir Mancaro .... second assistant camera
Aaron Phillips .... additional cinematography
Rob Wilton .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Adriana Pinheiro Torres .... casting researcher
 
Editorial Department
Hebert Marmo .... colorist
Gigio Pelosi .... colorist
Fabian Remy .... assistant editor
Samy Waitzberg .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Shirine Best .... development executive: almega projects
Mauro Blanco .... dialogue translator
Ellie Emptage .... production assistant
Karen Harley .... co-director
João Jardim .... co-director
David Magdael .... publicist
Sophie Ollivier .... legal and business affairs
Marina Pereira .... release coordinator
Giulia Setembrino .... production assistant
Nour Wazzi .... production and post-production manager
 
Thanks
Eduardo Lyon .... thanks
 

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99 min
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Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Ontario/Quebec) | Germany:0 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:PG

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Quotes:
Vik Muniz:[introducing his grandmother, who raised him, in English] She's the most important woman in my life. She's 93 years old.
Vik's Grandmother:[looks at him sharply] Hmm?
Vik Muniz:[in Portuguese] I told them you were 70 years old.
Vik's Grandmother:[in Portuguese] That's right.
[Vik laughs]
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A simply wonderful documentary, 3 February 2013
Author: Robyn Nesbitt (nesfilmreviews) from United States

An moving documentary highlighting the transformative power of art, and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz rooted in New York decides to give back to a community where he was born and raised. He travels to Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. With the intention to help the pickers to improve their lives using his art, what starts as an introduction to the devastating poverty and lack of infrastructure in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, begins to transform into a story of unrelenting spirit, strength, and inspiration. Perhaps director Lucy Walker initially intended to make the film about Muniz. If so, her subject led her to a better one; as he returns to Rio to photograph pickers for a series of portraits, she begins to focus on their lives. We see where they live, we meet their families, we hear their stories, we learn of the society and economy they have constructed around Jardim Gramacho, the "Garbage Garden." Zumbi, a member of the association, who began a library from his home from books that had been discarded, Irma, a cook who makes stews and roasts from edible meat to feed the workers, Suelem, an 18-year old girl who has been working in the garbage dump since she was only seven years old, and Valter, an elderly man who entertains with stories and songs and who decides to participate because he believes that "it will raise awareness of all us pickers." Once the initial photographs are made, Muniz projects an enlarged version of each photo onto the floor of his studio and hires the pickers to add refuse from the landfill onto the canvas, photographing the result from overhead. This then becomes the finished art work, ready to be exhibited at auctions and museums around the world-- with the pickers traveling to such cities as London and New York, the first time they have ever left Gramacho. (Heavily debated decision and the possible ramifications.) Life is unpredictable that way. "Waste Land" is a testament that things can go from good to bad in an instant. But they can also improve just as quickly. A social documentary based around a self reliant community of people disregarded and largely ignored, who find unrealized beauty in their everyday work, modern art, and in themselves. I can never again put out my recycling bin without giving thought to how much more this film communicates than just that.

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