Monday, January 10, 4:00 PM
See Desert Regional Community Screening on Sun, 1/16 4pm - Annenberg Theater
Brazil, 2010, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Latino
Program: True Stories
Language: Portuguese English Sub-Titles
There may be no more beautiful aerial shot on the planet than the sweeping vistas taken above Rio de Janeiro: towering Sugar Loaf mountain rising majestically from the ocean, the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue, the Lego-like high rises dotting Copacabana ... and, of course, the worlds' largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho. If this last seems incongruous, then consider Lucy Walker's stunning documentary Waste Land. An up-close-and-personal look at one of the world's leading visual artists -- the magnetically charismatic Vik Muniz -- as well as a community portrait of the catadores -- pickers of recyclable materials at the Gramacho landfill.
The film tracks a three-year collaboration between the Brazilian-born Muniz, and several catadores. Under his direction, they recreate giant photographic images of themselves out of garbage. The project yields surprising results -- both as finished works of art and as a potentially life-changing experience for the catadores. Visually dazzling, the film -- aided by Moby's deeply resonant soundtrack -- packs a powerful emotional punch. Waste Land was recently shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award. Winner, Audience Award, Sundance, Berlin, Vancouver, Chicago and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.
Director to attend 1/7 screening
DIRECTOR: Lucy Walker
Producer: Angus Aynsley, Hank Levine
Editor: Pedro Kos
Cinematographer: Dudu Miranda
Filmography: Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil’s Playground (2002)
Print Source: Arthouse Films - www.arthousefilmsonline.com