Award-Winning Documentary Wasteland to be Shown at Albuquerque Museum

Marat (Sebastião), from Pictures of Garbage
Vik Muniz

A film described as "an uplifting portrait of the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit" will be shown at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW) in association with the New Territories exhibition. The award-winning documentary Waste Land, a 2010 British-Brazilian documentary film directed by Lucy Walker will be shown at the museum on Sunday, March 6 at 1pm.

Filmed over nearly three years, this dramatic documentary follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. His collaboration with an eclectic band of catadores - or garbage pickers, leads him to recreate photographic images of them from the trash that surrounds them.

Waste Land premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It won over 50 other film awards, including the 2010 International Documentary Association's Best Documentary Award.

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