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Human Rights Film Series - Wasteland

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

2017-2018 Human Rights Film Series Aesthetics & Politics Art History & Human Rights presents Waste Land

(2010, Director Lucy Walker)

TUESDAY, January 30, 2018 3:30 – 5:30pm

Konover Auditorium Dodd Center University of Connecticut

Free Admission

Waste Land Poster

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. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great 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.


Dodd Center,

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center (primary), Art and Art History, Human Rights Institute, Humanities Institute, Together, UConn Master Calendar

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