“With a stirring score by Moby, it’s a heart-warming tale of human dignity and innovation” – Huffington Post
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. 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.
Waste Land won Best International Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and a special Amnesty International award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
What we think: this inspiring film shows how creativity and innovation can be used to draw attention to important social issues. Thanks to our friends at Hopscotch, we are giving away three 2-for-1 passes in both Melbourne and Sydney to see Waste Land from 1 December. To win, be one of the first three people in each city to send us an email with your name and postal address.