"WASTE LAND" IS A MUST-SEE! A CINDERELLA STORY WITH TRUE GRIT, A BRILLIANT CAST AND AN IMPROBABLY BIG HEART.” - MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Wasteland "Lixo Extraordinário" is a short film by contemporary modern artist Vik Muniz, a Brazilian based on Brooklyn and directed by Lucy Walker. It was nominated for the Academy Awards for best documentary feature in 2011, Audience award in Sundance Film festival in 2010, Best documentary in Durban International Film festival (2010) and many.
Muniz uncovers a stoical yet magical story of “Catadores" (self-designated pickers/scavengers of recyclable materials) from the world’s largest garbage dump in Jardim Gramacho located in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. It is situated behind the world famous iconic statue "Christ the Redeemer". Every day 7,000 tons of garbage lands at Jardim Gramacho which accounts 70% of the trash emitted by Rio de Janeiro. It is recognized for receiving the highest quantity of trash in any landfill in the world. This landfill is surrounded by a community (“Favela") Jardim Gramacho, which is home to over 13,000 people whose economy is completely depended on the recyclable material. Around 3,000 pickers work in landfill with over 1,700 has work contract. The landfill is scheduled to shut down in 2012.
Muniz was moved by the stunning, inspiring characters and their living conditions. He captured excellent shots which received wide acknowledgement from the world media. With the collaborators they organized large scale mosaic portraits that are sold out in London and some are exhibited in the Museum of modern art in São Paulo. It is truly a ground breaking venture by Muniz and crew taking into account the pickers and their lives. www.wastelandmovie.com
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