Monthly Archives: October 2010

Director’s blog: Lucy Walker, Waste Land

Lucy Walker, Director of Waste Land

The award-winning documentary film, Waste Land, is screening at the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival. The film is about the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. It tells the story of the catadores – the garbage pickers – who live and work at the Jardim Gramacho in Rio de Janeiro, the world’s largest landfill, quoting Machiavelli and dreaming of a better life. Director Lucy Walker kept a blog when she accompanied Brazilian contemporary artist Vik Muniz to Rio.






Here are her thoughts:

Just when you get used to the smell they find a human body, or mention a leprosy epidemic, and the sound man passes out. But at least it’s at sea level – after the hell of 23,000′ for BLINDSIGHT I’m relieved to look across at the ocean at all times.

Across the bay you can see Christ The Redeemer reaching his arms out to the wealthy in Rio’s south zone – Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon.  They say even Christ turns his back on the north of Rio, where we are.

Don’t worry, we have kidnap insurance, the producers tell me — from their desks on Ipanema beach. But seriously, everyone is wonderful. O2 Filmes, and Vik Muniz, the fantastico Brazillian artist who got me into all this, and our crew – our sound man’s dad wrote PIXOTE, one of my favourite movies, and especially our producer Angus Aynsley. It’s the most enjoyable shoot, notwithstanding the garbage.

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