Film: Waste Land

This Oscar-nominated documentary follows a Brazilian artist as he collaborates creatively with the people who pick through rubbish in Rio de Janeiro.

  • When Sat 19 Nov 2016, 1:30–3:15pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Free event

Renowned artist Vik Muniz returns to his native Brazil and visits the world's largest garbage dump, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There, he photographs an eclectic band of ‘catadores’ – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.

Still from the film Waste Land. A man in a rubbish dump


Waste Land, Brazil, 2010. Courtesy of the Latin America and Spain Film Festival

Muniz’s initial objective was to ‘paint’ the catadores with garbage. However, this becomes a collaboration with these inspiring characters. They re-create photographs of themselves out of garbage, and reveal both dignity and despair as they reimagine their lives.

Director Lucy Walker and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process. They offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

2010, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, 100 minutes

Rated: M (Offensive language and content that may disturb)

Watch the trailer

Latin America & Spain Film Festival

This film is part of the free Latin America & Spain Film Festival screening at Te Papa on Sat 19, Sun 20, Sat 25, and Sun 26 Nov. No need to book