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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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An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 27 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Not a waste to watch 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
 
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
Aloisio Compasso .... sound mixer
Ludovic Lasserre .... sound recordist: London unit
Samuel Lehmer .... sound 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
 
Editorial Department
Hebert Marmo .... colorist
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
Nour Wazzi .... production and post-production manager
 
Thanks
Eduardo Lyon .... thanks
 

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99 min
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Zumbi:We have to think about the future because I don't want my son to be a picker. Although if he is, I'd be very proud... But I'd rather he be a lawyer to represent the pickers, you know.See more »
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Not a waste to watch, 8 March 2011
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

Vic Muniz's art has never been as influential as when he decided to spend 2 years at the world's largest landfill outside of Rio. The catadores or pickers became his subjects, a ragtag group of Shakespearean types who love what they do for a living, making something out of someone else's nothing. Waste land is the title for this engrossing documentary about art as few have experienced it till now.

Making a living is what they made until Muniz changed the way they looked a recyclables. He bonded the artifacts with the humans and created memorable portraits of the pickers. A show in London, which they attended, became a catalyst for change in their lives and in the lives of spectators who had no idea Rio's garbage had become Rio's recyclables under the hands of these professional pickers.

Muniz makes sure no one condescends, no one feels sorry for his subjects, some of whom have never known anything but the landfill and others who have chosen it rather than deal drugs or prostitute themselves. Waste Land is as dignified a story about the potential of the poor class to rise out of its garbage and transform it into art and a better life. For this reason, Muniz can stand with the great humanitarians like Albert Schwitzer and Mother Theresa.

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