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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.

Directors:

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

Star:

Vik Muniz
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Vik Muniz ... Himself
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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,656, 5 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$187,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,307
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Almega Projects,O2 Filmes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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TV Host: Can you tell us how you came to use materials from the garbage?
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Referenced in Belas Artes: A Esquina do Cinema (2012) See more »

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Do Verde de Coari vem meu gás Sapucaí!
Written by Arlindo Cruz, Mingau, Emerson Dias, Maurição, Carlos Sena, Edu Da Penha
Editora Musical Escola De Samba LTDA.
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Art helps recycle lives!
1 November 2010 | by jm@downtownreel.comSee all my reviews

This film is a remarkable surprise! A clever, concerned, screen-grab of homeless lives that gives an ounce hope where one would least expect it. Internationally acclaimed artist, Vik Muniz, is our guide on a journey through garbage, guts, and glamor. With a smile on his face that belies many of the bleak images he shares, he outlines what is, perhaps, an early chapter in the "ecological medical journal" that must be written to save our planet. The characters in Waste Land by far overwhelm this 'preachy' review, and are 1,000 times warmer, to boot -- go see it before it's gone -- to NETFLIX -- As proceeds from your ticket save lives!


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