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April 4, 2013 / 6:30 PM

Nominated for 2010’s Best Documentary Academy Award, 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 self-designated 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 the
dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker
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.

Lucy Walker, director
98 minutes / not rated
Levitt Auditorium

Join the Art Center for a lecture with Muniz on April 25. The lecture is free, but space is limited
and reservations are required. Click HERE for more information.


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