Past/Future/Present Film Series: Waste Land
2010, 100 minutes
Directed by Lucy Walker
Portuguese and English with subtitles
Free and open to the public
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows the creative process of Vik Muniz, one of Brazil’s most celebrated artists, as he embarks on a project that takes him to the world’s largest landfill located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he sets out to photograph an eclectic band of catadores (garbage pickers). A profoundly marginalized population, they resort to picking recyclable materials from garbage discarded by those in Brazil more fortunate than themselves. Yet they display remarkably good spirits and camaraderie in the face of adversity, forming friendships and declaring the crucial role they play in mitigating the results of overconsumption and careless disposal.
About Past/Future/Present Film Series (see full series calendar here)
Presented in conjunction with Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, this film series is an introductory selection of Brazil’s most well-known directors and film historically pivotal works, looking from Brazil’s cinematic past to its present and examining the possibilities for its future. Offering Cinema Novo, the cinematic movement that brought Brazil to international acclaim, and its legacies, this series also presents documentaries that capture contemporary Brazil in both life and cinematic practice.