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Waste Land


Lucy Walker

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About the Movie

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" - or 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. Walker (Devil’s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 69
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: That a beautiful film could be set in the world's largest garbage dump sounds like an oxymoron, but acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker has pulled off precisely that feat in her profoundly moving "Waste Land." – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Nov 4, 2010

Fresh: "Waste Land" is a film about recycling, but it's far more intriguing than the average eco-documentary. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 19, 2010

Fresh: "Waste Land'' is just what the film's website says it is: "stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.'' – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 18, 2010

Fresh: "Waste Land" is a testament that things can go from good to bad in an instant. But they can also improve just as quickly. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Dec 3, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Most touching and encouraging documentary ever

I'm not good at this (writing reviews), but please do a favor to yourself and watch this movie. It's amazing. The world need a lot of Tiao's.

A must see movie ! you'll miss out if you don't !!! ;)

One of the best documentary movie to see ! Missed this at the International Film Festival, was I totally relieved to see this at iTunes !!! ;)


I love art and photography but this is as good as it gets - wonderful people - wonderful artist - wonderful film!

Waste Land
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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