- Lucy Walker
- Vik Muniz
Waste Land is an inspiring documentary about the sustainability of the human spirit, and has garnered top audience awards at Sundance and festivals the world over. It artfully combines the abject and the sublime through the story of internationally acclaimed artist Vik Muniz, who finds beauty in the lives of a community of garbage pickers in the largest trash dump in the world on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. From the trash, Muniz renders large-scale portraits of the people who survive by picking their way through the garbage to find salvageable materials. Filmmaker Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground) captures Muniz’s transformation as he becomes more familiar with the pickers, and in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Shortlisted for Best Documentary Oscar.