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Waste Land

Title (Spanish): Waste Land
Title (English): Waste Land
Country of Origin: Brazil / United Kingdom
Year of Completion: 2010
Duration: 99 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Thursday 09/06/2012 -- 7:00 PM Friday 09/07/2012 -- 5:00 PM Saturday 09/08/2012 -- 7:00 PM

Sosua Bay Grand Casino

Asociación Cultural Sueños de Colores
Puerto Plata

FUNGLODE Auditorium
Santo Domingo

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisFilmed 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.

Film Credits:

Director: Lucy Walker
Producers: Angus Aynsley and Hank Levine
Executive Producers:
Fernando Meirelles and Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Editor: Pedro Kos
Cinematography: Dudu Miranda

Director's Biography:

Lucy Walker is best known for directing four feature documentary films: Devil's Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land (2010) and Countdown to Zero (2010). Her most recent film is the short documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011), which premiered at Toronto 2011 and won the Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film, the Women In Film National Geographic All Roads Award and the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction at Sundance 2012 as well as being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. This is Walker's second consecutive Oscar nomination. In 2011 she was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for Waste Land, which won over 30 other awards including Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin and the IDA’s Best Documentary Award. Four years earlier, Walker's Blindsight was among the fifteen films competing for the Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category. Blindsight premiered at Toronto and won Audience Awards at Berlin (making Walker the only filmmaker to win this award twice), Ghent, AFI and Palm Spring film festivals and nominations for Best Documentary at the 2007 Grierson Awards and British Independent Film Awards.

Countdown to Zero, about nuclear weapons, premiered at Sundance and played in Official Selection at Cannes. Devil's Playground, an examination of the struggles of Amish teenagers during their period of experimentation (rumspringa), premiered at Sundance and also won several festivals and was nominated for three Emmys and an Independent Spirit Award. Lucy grew up in London, England, and graduated with first class honors from Oxford before winning a Fulbright to attend NYU's graduate film program. She was also a DJ and directed Nickelodeon’s BLUE’S CLUES, for which she was twice nominated for an Emmy. 

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