The Cable Car in Providence is showing the film, WASTE LAND, for the coming week, and you should waste no time getting to the theater to see it!
I saw it tonight and I'd like to see it again. You can read reviews that describe this film -- about people who hand-pick recycleables out of the largest landfill in the world -- as "uplifting" ~ an unlikely adjective, you may think, until you see Waste Land for yourself.
I hope other Rhode Island theaters will show this film in the coming year. You will be glad you saw it.
Synopsis from the film's website:
"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 (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit."