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WASTE LAND Film Screening

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UC Santa Barbara

Free Public Screening

Oscar-nominated film WASTE LAND follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home 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 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.

Film screening followed by a Q&A with WASTE LAND Director Lucy Walker and a Brazilian-themed reception with local artists creating art from garbage.

Awarded Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.

Sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Environmental Media Initiative, UCSB Summer Sessions, and Art from Scrap.

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