Waste land [videorecording] /
Almega Projects presents an Almega Projects and 02 Filmes production ; directed by Lucy Walker ; co-directed by João Jardim, Karen Harley ; produced by Angus Aynsley [and] Hank Levine.
[London] : Almega Projects ; [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Entertainment One Films Canada Inc., c2011.
1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
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[London] : Almega Projects ; [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Entertainment One Films Canada Inc., c2011.
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Director of photography, Dudu Miranda ; editor, Pedro Kos ; music, Moby ; dialogue transcriptions/translations, Olivia Wolfe, Carla Madiera, Beatriz Franco, Carlos Andre Oighenstein, Joana Galetti, Joca Vidal, Mauro Blanco, Fernanda Almeida Rocha, Cassia Talpalar, Andre W. Esteves.
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Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009.
Special features: Featurettes Waste land: Beyond Gramacho (ca. 16 min.); An untold story (9 min.).
Vik Muniz, Fabio Ghivelder, Isis Rodrigues Garros, José Carlos da Silva Baia Lopes (Zumbi), Sebastião Carlos dos Santos (Tião), Valter dos Santos, Ledie Laurentina da Silva (Irmã), Magna de França Santos, Suelem Pereira Dias.
Brooklyn based artist Vik Muniz grew up poor in Brazil. This film follows him as he returns to Rio de Janeiro, specifically to Jardim Gramacho, or "Garbage Garden." The world's largest landfill, it receives 7,000 tons daily, an astonishing 70% of all Rio's garbage. "We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials," says Tião, a catadore, or trash picker who thinks of himself and his fellows as environmentalists. The pickers have a union, which has built a recycling center, medical clinic, day care and skills-training centers, and community lending library of discarded books for their members. Muniz photographs a number of the pickers, reworks the photographs with garbage, and auctions several in London. Believing in the transformative power of art, Muniz donates the proceeds to the pickers who posed, in recognition of their lives, in honor of the dignity of their work.
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In English and Portuguese with English or French subtitles.
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DVD; NTSC; 5.1 Dolby digital surround, Dolby Digital 2.0.

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