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Questioning Cinema: Waste Land



The Depot
814 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va.


Brooklyn-based photographer and mixed media artist Vik Muniz went to his native Brazil to transform the lives of the "trash pickers" at the world's largest landfill in Rio de Janeiro. These “catadores” through the refuse to harvest items to sell, reuse or recycle. Muniz selected several of them as subjects of his own art. Documentarian Lucy Walker captured the process and the people in the 2010 film that critics lauded and that garnered many film awards. The project was part of an international conversation about art and the human spirit at a time when Brazil was in the headlines for its have-and-have-not economy and environmental problems while serving as a site for two global sporting events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Attendees will view the film, discuss the themes underlying it and use library and online resources to further investigate what they've seen portrayed.

  • 5 p.m. - screening begins
  • 7 p.m. - pizza and discussion
This event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-1105 prior to September 27, 2016.


Registration is now closed.

Watch the Trailer

Image: "Marat/Sebastiao-Pictures of Garbage," Photograph, Vik Muniz Studio




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