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Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 January 2011 (Brazil)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors:

Lucy Walker, Karen Harley (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Star:

Vik Muniz
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Vik Muniz ... Himself
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An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you.

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil | UK

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Lixo Extraordinário See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,806, 31 October 2010

Gross USA:

$187,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,307
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Crowd: The pickers united will never be defeated.
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Featured in The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) See more »

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Written by Moby
Performed by Moby
Produced by Moby
Moby appears courtesy of Mute Records Ltd
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All Rights Administered By Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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Recycle of life
13 August 2011 | by highclarkSee all my reviews

It's hard to not be moved by this film. Although the film takes about an hour to get going, once the movie gets its footing you will be mesmerized by how transformative creativity can be for the soul. You want a happy ending for everyone involved, you want everyone to leave their metallic shacks to live in houses with plumbing, you want in essence a perfect world...no warts and all.

However, only Hollywood scripts give birth to such wild fantasy and this film is real and by its own measure, the happiness we see, while real, may only be fleeting.

Waste Land is an excellent film.


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