I’ve known about the artist Vik Muniz for a few years, but have never seen an exhibit of his work. Looks like before I’ll get to that, I’ll get to this: “Waste Land,” a documentary about Muniz’s work with people who pick garbage in Rio de Janeiro.

I first heard about the documentary from MatadorU grad Nancy Harder, who sent me a link to a David Byrne blog post about Muniz and the documentary. Just reading the post had me crazy to see this documentary, which seems to take on so many issues I care about: economic justice, social equality, art, Latin America, and the difficult challenges that often arise from good intentions.

I probably won’t actually see this film in the theatre, since I’ve got a one year old baby at home, but I’ve already got it saved in my Netflix queue. If you happen to see the film, which is showing in NYC this weekend and in cities around the world between now and the end of November, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Screening dates can be found on “Waste Land’s” site.

In the meantime, here’s the trailer:

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