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Waste Land

This documentary follows the photographer Vik Muniz, Brazilian by birth but living in the US, as he returns to Brazil to photograph the workers at the world’s biggest garbage dump. The workers pick recyclables from the garbage, and the film captures their ecosystem. I found the story of the community and social and political structure that exists because of the employment opportunities fascinating. But the best part is watching the photographer create his photographs using the workers and the garbage they collect as subjects and how the film tells a richer story about the human condition. The credits indicate that the exhibition of this work in Brazil was the second most popular ever. Big thumbs up for a movie that shows the potential of art to change people’s lives.

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