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Waste Land

Directed by Lucy Walker and co-directed with João Jardim and Karen Harley, Waste Land follows Brooklyn-based visual artist and photographer Vik Muniz as he travels to his native Brazil to photograph a handful of catadores - people who work picking and selling recyclable material from the landfill. Muniz then recreates the portraits as massive mosaics composed from trash and auctions them off to international art buyers to raise money for the trash pickers.
December 1, 2010


Directed by Lucy Walker and co-directed with João Jardim and Karen Harley, Waste Land follows Brooklyn-based visual artist and photographer Vik Muniz as he travels to his native Brazil to photograph a handful of catadores – people who work picking and selling recyclable material from the landfill. Muniz then recreates the portraits as massive mosaics composed from trash and auctions them off to international art buyers to raise money for the trash pickers.
Directed by Lucy Walker
Co-directed by João Jardim and Karen Harley
Produced by Almega Projects and O2 Filmes
Produced by Angus Aynsley, Hank Levine
Co-produced by Peter Martin
Music by Moby
Distributed by Arthouse Films (U.S.), eOne Films (Canada)

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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