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Waste Land

  • Brazil / 2010 / 98min / DigiBeta / Colour
  • Original Title : Waste Land
  • Language : English, Portuguese
  • Genre : Documentary, Art
  • Director : Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim
  • Cinematographer : Ernesto Herrmann, Dudu Miranda
  • Editor : Pedro Kos
  • Music : Moby
  • Cast : Vik Muniz, Fabio Ghivelder, Isis Rodrigues Garros, José Carlos da Silva Baia Lopes, Sebastião Carlos dos Santos, Valter dos Santos, Leide Laurentina da Silva, Magna de França Santos, Suelem Pereira Di


Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Lane 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” - 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.

Production & Print Source

Distribution Contact:

Erin Owens

Arthouse Films

902 Broadway, 9th Floor

New York, NY 10010

Phone: 646.259.4123


Publicity Contact:

David Magdael

David Magdael & Associates, Inc.

600 W. 9th Street, Suite 704

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Phone: 213.624.7827

Cell: 213.399.1434

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