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Camera As Witness Series: Reflections on Art through Documentary Filmmaking - "Waste Land"

Stanford Arts Institute and Camera As Witness, School of Education presentREFLECTIONS ON ART THROUGH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING series co-presented with Stanford Global Studies and Stanford Film Society
Waste Land(99 minutes) Brazil/UK/USADirector: Lucy WalkerCo-Directors: Karen Harley, João JardimProducers: Angus Aynsley, Hank Levine
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 recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. The filmmakers had exceptional access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. 
Thursday, May 28  6:30PM Reception  7:00PM Screening and DiscussionCERAS building room 101, Stanford Graduate School of Education 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford University Following the screening discussion with the Academy Nominated filmmakers Lucy Walker and Pedro Kos  moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.  



Thursday, May 28, 2015. 07:00 PM


CERAS Room 101


Stanford Film Society, Camera as Witness Program, Stanford Global Studies Division


(650) 725-0012


FREE and open to the general public