General · 4th March 2012
Friday, March 9th, 7:45 at Quadra Community Centre. Rated:G.
Brazil's Jardim Gramacho, on Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay, is the largest landfill in the world, receiving about 7,000 tons of garbage daily. Thousands of acres of festering trash provide a living for hundreds of catadores — garbage pickers — who swarm over each arriving truckload to reclaim and sell recyclables.
This might not seem like an ideal location for a movie about the redemptive power of beauty, but Waste Land makes a good case for it. Vic Muniz, an acclaimed artist from Brooklyn, grew up in the Brazilian slums, and returns to his homeland to create conceptual art drawn from the catadores’ lives. Big themes dovetail: environment, poverty, social justice, and the transformative power of art.
Muniz collaborates with the catadores and the works produced will be sold at auction with the proceeds used to improve the pickers’ lives.
Looking over Muniz’s shoulder, we are caught up in the life stories of the individuals whose lives are unimaginable to most of us. It is a stark light on a worldwide problem that carries a jolt of human hope.