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New York artist Vik Muniz, the subject of the documentary film "Waste Land," is pictured at work with the garbage pickers of Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Fabio Ghivelder, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio.

Nov. 24: 'Waste Land' film

DENIN to screen acclaimed documentary set in the world's largest dump


8:28 a.m., Nov. 20, 2013--The Delaware Environmental Institute’s Student Programs Committee invites the campus community to a free screening of the acclaimed documentary film Waste Land on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m.

The film will be shown in the atrium of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), and popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.

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Waste Land was nominated for an Academy Award in the feature-length documentary category in 2010 and has garnered numerous other awards. Directed by Lucy Walker, it tells the uplifting story of Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Vik Muniz as he travels to his native Brazil with the intention of creating art from recycled materials from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Muniz collaborates with the ingenious catadores, who earn a living by picking recyclable materials from the garbage at the landfill. Their lives are forever changed through the collaboration, when the art finds its way to a prestigious London auction house.

A table will also be set up at the event to provide information about UD’s Sustainability Task Force.

Article by Beth Chajes

Photo by Fabio Ghivelder, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

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