Filmed over nearly three years, director Lucy Walker followed 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 dignity and despair as thecatadores begin to reimagine their lives. Come see the film the Huffington Post described as, “…the Slumdog Millionaire of documentaries: an inspiring, deeply moving crowd-pleaser.”(99 min.)
Adrian Ivakhiv, an Associate Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture with a joint appointment in the Environmental Program and the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, will introduce the film.