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Waste Land

Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design

Maria Gabriela Brito | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Maria Gabriela Brito

"Is favelization a patronizing and opportunistic way of portraying the reality of a certain segment of the Brazilian population, fetishizing a space and its inhabitants, to brand products as Brazilian?"

Finding Hope Down in the Dump: A Visit with Tiao Carlos dos Santos, Champion of Rio Garbage Pickers

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Jardim Gramacho is no longer the densely populated village of scavengers and recyclers captured so provocatively in the film Waste Land. One of the largest open-air landfills on the planet, the facility was recently closed just weeks before The Rio + 20 Earth Summit.

lucy walker trash

Posted 09.04.2011 | Green

Director Lucy Walker spent months filming the stories of garbage pickers working at Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest landf...

The 30th Istanbul Film Festival: Egyptian Film Wins the Golden Tulip Award

Karin Badt | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Two of the most delightful films I saw at the Istanbul Film Festival this past week took place in Rio. One, a documentary called Wasteland by British ...

5 Must-See Indie Films

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.31.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin With so much mediocrity on display at the multiplex, it's cause for celebration when terrific new movies from two world-class filmm...

Oscar Documentary Nominees 'Not Afraid Of Banksy'

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

LOS ANGELES — Lucy Walker is more worried about gussying up for the 83rd annual Academy Awards than worrying about whether Banksy will make his mark...

Green Films Going for the Gold

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

While the popularity and relevance of the Academy Award ceremony have waxed and waned over the years, movies have remained a good bellwether of America's interests.

Docu-Drama: Surprises and Snubs for the Best Documentary Oscar

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's a good time to dust off your queue and take a look at some of the best documentaries of 2010 while we can still remember them.

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Indie Films Worth Seeing This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin Fans of foreign-language films, documentaries, and American indies have reason to be hopeful as the year winds down: a handful of ...

WATCH: DOCUMENTARY: NY Artist Paints Rio De Janeiro's Garbage Pickers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A Brooklyn artist visits the garbage dumps of Rio de Janeiro to paint the ragpickers. On the face of it, the project might seem to reek of exploitatio...