The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) announced the closing film for its 13th edition. Directed by Lucy Walker, Waste Land has won the Audience Award in Sundance and the Amnesty International and Panoramic Audience Award at the Berlinale.
In exile in the United States following a gunshot wound to his leg, Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz enjoys the enviable international notoriety that has come from his work: an intermingling of photography and domestic, industrial matter. With a new project in mind, he travels back to Rio to photograph a group of garbage collectors who are working the world’s largest landfill—Jardim Gramacho, in the hopes of improving their lot in life.
Produced by Fernando Meireilles and set to a very stylish Moby soundtrack, Waste Land is a pragmatic reflection on an artist’s responsibility to his environment and the utopian idea that art can change lives.
The festival’s closing night screening is to be held at the Grande Bilbiothèque on November 20.