Waste Land

Waste Land

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. 3.7 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Waste Land

Omniscore:

Certificate PG
Genre Documentary
Director Lucy Walker
Cast Tião, Irma, Zumbi Vik Muniz
Studio
Release Date February 2011
Running Time 99 mins
 

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.

Reviews

The Times

Kate Muir

I was in tears by the end of Waste Land, a surprise given that it is a documentary about a rubbish dump.

25/02/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

The subjects are sensitively observed and the process of the work lucidly explained. Muniz is a gifted, modest and altogether delightful man, and his project is both aesthetically fascinating and philosophically stimulating.

27/02/2011

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

...heart-rending...

21/02/2011

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Empire Magazine

Nev Pierce

Compelling and vivid, it's another fine piece of work from an up-and-coming talent.

25/02/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Some might find the movie's take-home optimism naive and Muniz's attitude itself open to question. But this is undoubtedly a bold raid into an unknown territory – both geographic and conceptual – that the prosperous classes prefer not to think about.

24/02/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The glimpses of favela life will make you thank your lucky stars you weren't born there.

25/02/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

An entire underclass relies on this landfill, scavenging to survive, and Walker finds inspiration and strange beauty in the squalor.

24/02/2011

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

It only ever feels like she’s skating on the surface of a more meaty and questioning film rather than a mildly troubling but mostly uplifting one.

23/02/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Walker is so taken with this transcendence tale – the tears of the rescued (who later get given their own portraits) – that the landfill’s supporting stories are lost in the triumphalism. That’s a pity.

23/02/2011

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

Walker’s thorough and unflashy documentary following this process will be loved especially by those who believe in the healing power of art; others might find it worthy.

27/02/2011

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