OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Lucy Walker
COUNTRY : Bazil | UK
YEAR : 2010
TIME : 99min
Labia 14 Oct @ 6:15pm
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 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.
Over 30 awards in various International Film Festivals.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lucy grew up in London, England, started directing theater in high school and continued as an undergraduate at Oxford University, where her plays won prestigious Oxford University Dramatic Society awards. After graduating at the top of her class with a BA Hons and MA Oxon in Literature, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend New York University’s Graduate Film Program, where she earned her MFA. While at NYU, she moonlighted as a musician and DJ, during which time she met Moby, who contributed the music for WASTE LAND.
Lucy Walker uses dramatic filmmaking techniques to make documentary films, following memorable characters on transformative journeys that grant unique access inside closed worlds. In addition to WASTE LAND, Lucy Walker directed a second feature documentary that premiered at Sundance 2010: COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, a terrifying exposé of the current threat of nuclear terrorism and proliferation.
Lucy’s previous film BLINDSIGHT premiered at Toronto and received audience awards at the Berlinale (Panorama), Ghent, AFI and Palm Springs film festivals, as well as nominations for Best Documentary at the 2007 Grierson Awards and British Independent Film Awards.