Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Vik Muniz
Director: Lucy Walker
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 outskirt... more »
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Christine A. (WriteReviseEdit) from ROCHESTER, NY
Reviewed on 1/21/2013...
I noticed that someone else had given this film a 1-of-5 star rating ... and was stunned.
Anyone who enjoys international, documentary and art-based films would love it. I know I did. In fact, its message and images have stuck with me since I first saw it years ago. Essentially, it's about a formerly poor immigrant turned successful artist who now lives and works in the U.S. He embarks on a journey to Brasil (a.k.a. Brazil) where he undertakes an installation (of sorts) that involves constructing works of art out of heaps of garbage.
He enlists the help of indigent garbage pickers/slum dwellers to carry out this task and the art is created using the same "waste" items (bottles, bags, etc.) these people are paid a pittance to forage for on a regular basis. I think his approach is compassionate, inclusive and inspiring for both himself, his crew and the locals who work with him ... helping them literally picture themselves in a brand new way - one that I believe helps restore their dignity and sparks undertones of hope.
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