Waste Land

Waste Land
Director: Lucy Walker

Brasil, UK, documentary, 95 min., 2010, lithuanian and english subtitles
Lucy Walker’s documentary is a story about famous Brazilian contemporary artist Vik Muniz and his journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Muniz, who is known for his experiments with media and pictures made from food and waste, comes to the landfill to implement his artistic and social project. He collaborates with the pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli. Guided by Muniz, they create their self-portraits from the rubbish, revealing both the dignity and despair of the pickers. “Waste Land” is an uplifting and emotional film about the beauty of the human spirit and the transformative power of art. The soulful soundtrack by Moby adds a poetic touch to the scenes of the landfill life.

2010 – Amnesty International Film Prize and Panorama Audience Award in Berlin International Film Festival.
2010 – Audience Award in Sundance Film Festival.

About the director:
Lucy Walker was born in London. She studied English language and literature in Oxford, then cinematography in New York. Her career as a director started with short films, music videos and children’s television series. Her first feature-length documentary on Amish teenagers “Devil’s Playground” (2002) won the special award in Best Documentary category of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The second documentary film “Blindsight” (2006), a story about blind Tibetan children climbing the Himalayas, won the Panorama Audience Award in Berlinale. Her latest film “Countdown to Zero” was released this summer. Walker’s films deal with topical issues and due to the sensitive representation, they gain the viewers’ acclaim all over the world.

Section: All the muses

Screenplay: Lucy Walker

Dir. of Photography: Dudu Miranda

Music: Moby

Cast: Vik Muniz, Tião Carlos dos Santos, Isis Rodrigues Garros, Zumbi Carlos da Silva Baia Lopes, Magna de França Santos, Irmã Laurentina da Silva, Suelem Pereira Dias