Emma (Sarah Paulson), single, successful, and NOT a dog person, gets stuck with a dog because her younger married sister is pregnant with twins and moving into a dogfree apartment. Her sister insists the dog is good luck — he’ll help you a find a man, and it’s true… for Emma’s assistant.
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, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
When Nahid, an Iranian exile, set out to make a documentary about Farah, the wife of the shah of Iran, she expected to encounter her opposite. As a child, Nahid had lived in poverty, watching Farrah’s wedding as if it were a fairy tale. In this poignant consideration of subjectivity as truth, we learn that people write history. And can also heal it.