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WastleLand – What a film!

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As a member of IDA, Independent Documentary Association, I was invited to a screen of the Oscar nominated film “Wasteland”.

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 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. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit (from the movie’s website).

I was so moved to see how people are people everywhere, how they all dream, how they accept themselves or don’t, and how life can change once giving the opportunity.

Go and see, laugh, get moved, cry and get excited.

Jacob Omer BarSadeh

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