Brooklyn artist Vik Muniz returned to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. While there he finds the “catadores,” self-designated scavengers of recyclable material and photographs them. His initial plan was to “paint” their portraits with garbage collected but he enters into collaboration with them that uncovers both their dignity and despair as they re-imagine their lives.

Director Lucy Walker and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley use their complete access to the process to show the transformative power of art and the indomitable aspects of the human spirit.

The film is the latest in the PRE-GLO Summer Film Series and is free to the public.

For more info, call Brennan Gibson at 251-208-5658 or visit

‘Waste Land’
Where: Centre for the Living Arts Art Park, Dauphin Street between Jackson and Joachim
When: 7:30 p.m.