And talking of rubbish…

Talking of rubbish earlier, I forgot to mention that the Bridport Film Society presentation last night was the brilliant, award-winning documentary Waste Land by Lucy Walker which follows internationally successful Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he leaves his New York studio behind and travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill site, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he meets the ‘catadores’ (‘pickers’) who make their living by collecting and selling recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic and metal from the landfill. In a bid to raise funds for the site’s workers’ association, Muniz selects a group of six catadores to pose as subjects for a new series of portraits made out of recycled waste they have collected and puts them up for sale in one of Rio’s most upmarket galleries.

It was excellent as a film; as a documentary; as a commentary on art; as a lesson about waste and recycling; and a portrayal of human dignity, strength, warmth and courage.

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