Saturday, June 4, 2011

Waste Land - Trailer of the week

I must confess, I just saw this Academy Award nominated documentary, and it is wonderful. Truly.

I really do like the idea of of "found objects," also known as other people's junk that they toss to the curb. I especially like when this junk finds itself into art and starts a new life of purpose and beauty.

I hate to think of waste and a land of waste is a simply horrifying concept, so I put off watching this documentary about the lives of people who earn employment picking through the garbage in the largest landfill in the world.  (No longer in NY, thanks to the closing of Fresh Kills) This gargantuan dump is located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro as is known as Jardim Gramacho, and the pickers are proud catadores. If you want to see true grit, you will watch this doc and spend a day with these people.

But there is so much more to this documentary. There is Vik Muniz, and there is art. The most amazing transformative art that will make you feel good and thank God for every blessing bestowed on you. If you do not see these poor catadoes with new eyes after watching Waste Land, you probably could use reeducation, and I know just where this should occur.

Watch the trailer.


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