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 on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There, he photographs an eclectic band of catadores – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. While his initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as they begin to reimagine their lives – offering stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Waste Land is the recipient of numerous awards at film festivals the world over, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Co-sponsored with UNCA Arts Fest 2017: Arts for Social Change.
Please note: The film screening will take place in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Prior to the film screening, the community is invited to attend an opening reception for UNCA’s new CrAFT Studio in Ramsey Library at 5pm. Students will present some of their artwork, organizers will make announcements about Arts Fest events, and tours will be given of the CrAFT Studio.