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  • Vik Muniz creates portraits of people using materials from the places where they live and work.

    Vik Muniz creates portraits of people using materials from the places where they live and work.

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  • Final Tiao Photographic Print Entitled Marat/Sebastio – Pictures of Garbage

    Final Tiao Photographic Print Entitled Marat/Sebastio – Pictures of Garbage

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  • Vik Muniz takes the photo of Tiao as Marat in Waste Land

    Vik Muniz takes the photo of Tiao as Marat in Waste Land

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  • Vik Muniz at Jardim Gramacho in Waste Land

    Vik Muniz at Jardim Gramacho in Waste Land

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  • Final Magna Photographic Print entitled The Gipsy Magna – Pictures of Garbage

    Final Magna Photographic Print entitled The Gipsy Magna – Pictures of Garbage

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  • Lucy Walker, director of Waste Land

    Lucy Walker, director of Waste Land

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  • Vik Muniz behind the camera in Waste Land

    Vik Muniz behind the camera in Waste Land

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The Film

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. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" — or pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (Devil's Playground, Blindsight) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

The Filmmakers

  1. Lucy WalkerDirector
  2. Angus AynsleyProducer
  3. Hank LevineProducer