Waste Land Synopsis
Artist Vik Muniz launches a project at Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
The only waste would be if people didn't go see it.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's not a very good title, Waste Land - this isn't a bleak film, at all - but just about everything else in Lucy Walker's documentary...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Overall, though, the project brings enough good into this rough corner of the world that viewers can walk out with honest cause to be...
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By Michelle Orange
A dump is a dump, but it's immediately clear that these are working people who are making the best of their options and who have built a...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Walker's breezy film turns Muniz into a folk hero. And who am I to argue?
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Washington Post

Spend some time there, thanks to the documentary Waste Land, and you start to get the sense that, amid the trash, something really is...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
No matter who you side with here, Waste Land – the title should come with a question mark – is a fascinating adventure, populated by...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is miserable work, even after they grow accustomed to the smell. But it is useful work, and I have been thinking much about the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Waste Land is a film about recycling, but it's far more intriguing than the average eco-documentary.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Waste Land is just what the film's website says it is: "stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human...
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Waste Land

By JeffreyMcL
An inspiring film about art and a community surrounding an incredible art project. Vic Muniz had a vision and a group of impoverished workers in Brazil made that vision come to fruition. Can only...

Wasted Time

By Marina Thome
The theme and project it's important and beautiful but the way they described and talked about Brazil and the people there in the place of waste, its really waste of time. Its good to see how can we...

Best movie ever about a garbage dump!

By Jpamela2000
Waste Land was a fabulous documentary. The culture of the largest dump in Brazil was fascinating and the resulting artwork incredible. Grab your recycling and go see it!...

A Must See

By bayside2842926
I have been a fan of all things Brazilian since my first trip there in 1977. I discovered family in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during this time and now speak Portuguese which I find useful and...