Waste Land:

Waste Land is the uplifting story of artist Vik Muniz who travels to the world’s largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho outside Rio de Janeiro, to collaborate with a lively group of catadores, or pickers of recyclable materials, who find a way to the most prestigious auction house in London via the surprising transformation of refuse into contemporary art. The catadores work in a co-operative founded and led by Sebastião Carlos Dos Santos, the ACAMJG, or Association of Pickers of Jardim Gramacho, who dreamed of improving life for his community. The money created by the selling of the artworks was given back to the catadores and the ACAMJG, as well as the prize money from the film awards, in order to help the catadores and their community.

Director: Lucy Walker
Producers: Angus Aynsley and Hank Levine
Executive producer: Fernando Meirelles
Co-directors: João Jardim (pt) and Karen Harley
Co-producer: Peter Martin
Photographer: Dudu Miranda
Music: Moby, a friend and frequent collaborator of the director.

On the full-length documentary, you can turn on the subtitles. Click the box marked “CC” at the lower right hand side of the YouTube video.

note-After 34 years of operation, Jardim Gramacho Landfill closed in June, 2012.