Coming to theatres next Friday, October 29: WASTE LAND
Lucy Walker followed up her critically acclaimed first two documentaries, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND and BLINDSIGHT by premiering two new films at this year’s Sundance – COUNTDOWN TO ZERO and this upcoming Arthouse Films release, which took Sundance‘s World Cinema Documentary Audience Award. The doc went on to claim additional awards at numerous other festivals during its play on the circuit, including at Berlin and Full Frame, and it screened as part of DocuWeeks this Summer to qualify for Oscar consideration.
WASTE LAND follows artist Vik Muniz from Brooklyn back to his native Brazil to photograph a number of catadores, a diverse group of individuals who scrape together a living by picking through the world’s largest garbage dump for recyclable materials to sell. Inspired by his subject’s experiences, Muniz transforms his photographs into breathtaking, large-scale collages using the very garbage they comb through each day. These portraits, combined with the film’s stunning cinematography, reveal a remarkable, transformative beauty and dignity in the face of poverty and squalor.