Wasteland

Here’s a little follow-up on the film “Wasteland” — a February interview on NPR with the director, Lucy Walker, and an up-date on the closing of the landfill and what will happen to the Garbage Pickers Association.
I also highly recommend seeing this if you can!

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133941168/Trash-Pickers-Turn-Rio-Waste-Land-Into-High-Art
http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/garbage-outgrowing-rio’s-landfill/
http://www.newser.com/article/d9likjko1/trash-sorters-at-rio-dump-face-landfill-closure-as-documentary-of-their-lives-vies-for-oscar.html

One of the amazing things was seeing how this group of marginalized workers organized  (go unions!) and by forming an association improved their working conditions and established a real sense of community.  Making the art work (and seeing the response to the work and the film) has given them a powerful voice and ultimately does change the way they see themselves and the way others now will also.

Elizabeth and I both agreed that one thing missing was the sensory experiences of pungent smells, intense heat and noise.

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