Wasteland has been sitting in our “must watch” pile on Netflix for quite some time and I just got finished with it. Officially, this will be the quickest turnaround for a review ever done by me. Now that’s saying something.
In a search for new and rewarding work, artist, Vik Muniz finds beauty in the people and garbage in Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. At this landfill, Vik meets and becomes close to a group who assists him in creating trash portraiture.
Favorite parts include, but not limited to: Slow motion of people sorting through refuse for recyclables, The Process showing the creation of the portraits, Reactions of the workers to their final portraits, and the famous phrase “99 is not 100”.
I recommend this doc to anyone who is creative, to anyone who thinks what they do for a living is tough, and to anyone who finds beauty in everyday things. But I hope that everyone reading this will take a look.
C’s rating: 9/10 mangoes