Our first encounter with this film was a stirring one. The intensity of Vik Muniz’s vision is evident from the very first time his face appears on screen. More importantly, its that life force in him that draws the incredible people he meets out from the mounds of garbage that amass in the world’s largest dump, just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vik and his crew assess the project, then travel to Jardim Gramacho to spend time with and photograph the pickers, who have formed a union, and make the dump viable by removing about 30% of its contents, which they recycle.
“Wasteland” is an incredible documentary with great cinematography, and the associate directors involved, Lucy Walker, Joao Jardim, and Karen Harley absolutely nail the execution of an ambitious idea. The result of this social-art experiment is fascinating… but far be it from us to give it all away in this post. Amidst expression exists transformation, as this film proves that art most assuredly can change peoples lives. We won’t give it all away… now scurry over to Netflix and watch it! It’s available on Instant View.
Heads Up: Next week we’ll be announcing an an amazing IPMM Event… pssst… it has to do with this film!!!