Oscar-Nominated Documentary Waste Land to be Aired on Firedoglake.com [REVISED]

Due to scheduling difficulties, Firedoglake.com will NOT be showing Waste Land as stated in this article. I am very sorry for any misunderstanding.

“From the world’s largest trash dump comes an astonishingly true story of a renowned new York artist and a group of scavengers.” (WasteLand official trailer)

Firedoglake will be airing the Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land, with the Director on as a guest, Monday, February 21, 2011. Look for “Monday at the Movies.”  The start time is 5 PM, but you can tune in any time Monday evening without missing anything, a very nice feature of ‘Monday at the Movies.’

Firedoglake’s Billy Glad summarized the film in a comment that I will paste here, thank you Billy:

“In Brazil, “catadores” separate recyclables from garbage at Rio’s Jardim Gramacho, the biggest landfill in the world. In Brazil, instead of separating recyclables from garbage when they collect it, they intermingle everything, and the catadores, who live in shacks at the landfill, pull the recyclables out and sell them at the going rate. So, instead of getting their insulated copper from dumpsters, the catadores get it at the landfill. Waste Land is partly about the catadores trying to organize a commune to negotiate the price of the recyclables.”

I have not seen the film, but got some information from the trailer and the website. Vik Muniz, the artist, wants to make portraits out of the garbage and return the money from the sale of the portraits to the scavengers. An auction sale of “Pieces of garbage” is depicted in the trailer.

I believe that this inspiring film shows just what humanity is capable of. I cried openly watching the trailer because I feel that I have ‘been beating a drum.’ and will continue to do so.

The links to the website and the official trailer are:


On the wastelandmovie.com website are posted the following comments:

” ‘Waste Land’ is  ACADEMY AWARD® nominee for best feature documentary!”

“… the Slumdog Millionaire of documentaries: an inspiring deeply moving pleaser dripping with heart!”  – The Huffington Post crowd

“Waste Land” is a must-see! A Cinderella story with true grit, a brilliant cast and an improbably big heart.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune


Winner Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary 2010 Sundance Film Festival

Winner Amnesty International, International Filmfestspiele, Berlin, Panorama

Human Rights Film Award,  Amnesty International,  Berlin Film Festival 2010

Winner, Best Documentary & Pare Lorentz Award, [ida] Documentary Awards 2010

Winner, Golden Space Needle, Seattle Film Festival

Winner, Best Documentary, Dallas Film Festival

Winner, Audience Award, Maui Film Festival

Winner Audience Award, Provincetown Film Festival

Winner Audience Award, Durbin Film Festival

Film makers

Executive Producer: Fernando Meirelles (also produced City of God)

Director: Lucy Walker

Artist, “Pieces of Garbage:” Vik Muniz

Music by MOBY


Vik Muniz:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik_Muniz

Lucy Walker:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Walker_%28director%29

Fernando Meirelles:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Meirelles

MOBY:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby

Firedoglake special thanks to Billy Glad and to Lisa Derrick, who turned our attention to this important work. Lisa said:

Lisa Derrick February 14th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Look forward to seeing you all next week for Waste Land Feb 21, and at the Oscar liveblog 2/27. And keep your eyes peeled for Sunday 2/20..details to come!

cross-posted at Firedoglake.com


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