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Waste Land (2010)

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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 & 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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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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Almega Projects,O2 Filmes See more »
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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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

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Taphead
Written by Stars of the Lid
Performed by Stars of the Lid
Stars of the Lid appears courtesy of Kranky Ltd.
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Narcissist
7 March 2012 | by carolinephillipsSee all my reviews

I have developed a love for films and documentaries coming out of Brazil, particularly with Elite Squad 1 and 2, films that completely blow my mind. I therefore had high hopes for this documentary, especially as it had a 7.8 on IMDb.

The documentary starts off well, that is for the first 5 minutes, then what you begin to experience is pure narcissism. The recycling story is an interesting one and the lives the pickers lead is one that could have been explored on a deeper level that would have made for a great documentary. Instead this is all about one over-inflated ego promoting himself with final products unable to live up to expectations. This documentary is only worth watching to see the pickers, the rest is a waste of time.


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