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Screening of Wasteland (2010)

WastelandDirector: Lucy Walker Producers: Angus Aynsley and Hank Levine

Full Frame Audience Award 2010

TRT: 95:00

Artist Vik Muniz, known for painting with nontraditional materials, returned to his native Brazil to portray workers in one of the world's largest garbage dumps, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He collaborated with these "catadores"-self-designated scavengers of recyclable materials-to create portraits of them made entirely of garbage, returning the profits from their sale to his subjects. Over three years, the filmmakers followed Muniz and this eclectic band of catadores, revealing both the dignity and despair of their lives, in a multivalent collaborative work engaging with issues of artistic process, social justice, responsibility to one's subjects, class mobility, activism, and beauty. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the screening will begin at 7 p.m. A panel discussion with Professor Pedro Lasch follows the screening.

Date: Thursday October 30th, 2014

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Franklin Garage

Sponsors: The Duke Human Rights Center@ FHI, the Human Rights Archive, and the Archive of Documentary Arts and Screen/Society.  Co-sponsored by the Global Brazil Humanities Lab.

For further information contact Patrick Stawski, Duke University patrick.stawski@duke.edu 919-660-5823.