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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)

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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