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Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 January 2011 (Brazil)
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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.

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Lucy Walker, Karen Harley (co-director) | 1 more credit »

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Vik Muniz
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Documentary

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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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An inspiring and energetic work of art
2 April 2012 | by maltese-stallionSee all my reviews

"Waste Land" is a film that I picked up with interest. While the cover-art of the documentary caught my attention, the film itself proved to be much more complex, engaging, and fascinating, than I had originally imagined. A great documentary that captures: a time, place, and the ideology of a social group, working in the background of the ever present, cultural ideology.

Lower class lives are explored in a manner which not only illuminates the struggles that these individuals must go through, on a day to day basis, but also makes it clear that the cultural environment ; or landscape in Brazil, is changing.


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Country:

Brazil | UK

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Lixo Extraordinário See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,806, 31 October 2010

Gross USA:

$187,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,307
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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