Waste Land
Waste Land (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
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Consensus: Waste Land begins with an eco-friendly premise, but quickly transforms into an uplifting portrait of the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit.

David Elliott
San Diego Reader

With Walker and cinematographer Dudu Miranda, Muniz has a hawk's eye for the weird beauty of bulldozed hillocks of trash and the catador faces that he chose to star in photographic portraits.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

While we await the definitive documentary about the glut of garbage, "Waste Land" reduces this global catastrophe to touchingly human scale.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

This conversion of garbage into humanitarian aid is just the beginning. Practical charity gives way to life-changing intimacy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I do not mean to make their lives seem easy or pleasant. It is miserable work, even after they grow accustomed to the smell. But it is useful work, and I have been thinking much about the happiness to be found by work that is honest and valuable.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

It's sheer pleasure watching Muniz work -- seeing him seized by mad impulses of delight.

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Simon Foster

The breadth of gratitude these catadores feel towards Muniz and the life-experience they undertake makes for an intelligent, emotional movie.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It shows us how artists find ideas and concepts for their work from the most unlikely sources, and it demonstrates the power of art to spark curiosity and cultural awareness in even the poorest, most underprivileged people.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

"Waste Land" is a testament that things can go from good to bad in an instant. But they can also improve just as quickly.

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Dan Jardine

Waste Land is a real treasure, the sort of heartwarming and life affirming study of people, lacking in both sentimentality and cynicism, that uplifts the audience and elevates the art form

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Carlos Magalhćes
A profoundly moving documentary that delves into the creative process of an artist and shows how Art can truly change people, and the most fascinating is to see… More
Walter M.
As related in the documentary "Waste Land," the best thing that ever happened to artist Vic Muniz was being shot when he was younger. The pay off… More
Pedro Holanda
<i> What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you. </i> <b>Magnificent</b> A touching documentary that truely… More
Lesley N
Enthralling documentary about some recycling workers on the worlds largest landfill and a Brazillian photographer who decides to make art with them and of… More
Rubia Carolina
Waste Land is a documentary about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and his "social work" with workers from the garbage dump Jardim Gramacho. All that… More