Camera as Witness/Stanford Arts and Anderson Collection Museum present
ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE series
co-presented with Stanford Film Society
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land 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. 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. The filmmakers offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim. Brazil/UK/USA, 99 min