‘Waste Land’ finds art in garbage
“We are not pickers of garbage; we are pickers of recyclable materials,” said TiÃ£o, an impoverished Brazilian catadore, or trash picker.
TiÃ£o, like the other catadores profiled in the documentary “Waste Land”, is far from an emaciated beggar.
The film – codirected by JoÃ£o Jardim and Karen Harley, and photographed by Dudu Miranda – observes this giant landfill from every perspective. Viewed from a distance, the pickers resemble insects crawling and slipping over the mountains of trash while scavenging birds circle overhead.
When he takes TiÃ£o to an auction in London, where “Marat (SebastiÃ£o)” sells for $50,000, the young man weeps uncontrollably. It is the first confirmation from the world outside the dump that their lives matter.