Report:2014.05.JULY (SAT) Movie “WASTE LAND”

Urayasu International Center -Enjoy Weekend-
Movie “Waste Land”
July 5th 15:30−17:15      30 Participants


We held the movie event “Waste Land” in time with 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This movie was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Annual Awards as well as winning awards in over 30 countries.

One great artist went back to his hometown in Brazil and transformed the lives of many people by his art. This movie focus on the people working at world biggest landfill as garbage pickers.

We would choose this movie because we would like you to have opportunity to know such a issue of the world biggest landfill in Brazil.



Vik Muniz  (A person on the picture on the left side)


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 create photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-image their lives

Voices of participants

•I thought it was really amazing that art can transform people’s mind and lives.
•I was worried that the landfill workers might dream of something they cannot fulfill, but it made me happy to see  them build confidence.
•I was moved by seeing people change their lives and hearing their story. This is a movie about a great artist with the desire to help people’s lives improve meet workers who want to change their future.
•The movie was so wonderful! I could not stop crying for the second half.
•The movie made me think of many things. Now I understand a little more about the social issues in Brazil.
[From Urayasu International Center]

We received many reviews telling us the movie was moving and inspiring. Their review shows the great power this movie possess and how much it has touched their heart.

People in this movie let us know strongly that it would be possible to change for the better if they try to do something by themselves. Their beautiful smile were very touching and beautiful despite they were full of sweat with working in the landfill. We hope to introduce such a great movie like this next time!

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