Renewal – Art

I got so excited when I realized that this concept fit into my theme this week! This is especially because of a documentary I saw last spring, called Waste Land:

The synopsis, taken from the movie’s website, http://wastelandmovie.com :

“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, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.”

If you ever have the opportunity to see this documentary, I promise you, you won’t be sorry. It is inspiring and beautiful and tragic, all at once. But I’m pretty sure you’ll never look at trash the same way again.

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