Join Barnard's Office of International Programs for dinner and a film screening of WASTE LAND, followed by a discussion with Vik Muniz, the artist featured in the film.
Filmed 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.
WASTE LAND was the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary, among many other awards and honors.
This event is sponsored by Barnard's Office of International Programs, in conjunction with its Fifth Annual Global Symposium Women Changing Brazil, and is the culminating event in a semester-long series of events celebrating Brazil. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.