On Wednesday, March 12 the documentary “Waste Land” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville.
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The movie is part of an ongoing film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change. The organizations strive to bring award-winning documentaries to the community.
“’Waste Land’ is an inspiring and uplifting look at the transformative power of art,” commented Patty Wilson of Coalition for Change. “You might imagine that a film about trash pickers at the worldʼs largest garbage dump would be depressing. And yes, there are parts that are hard to watch. But ultimately, the film is about one manʼs vision to change the lives of the pickers through an art project.”
The man with the vision is renowned artist Vik Muniz.
“Waste Land” follows his journey back to his native Brazil to Jardin Gramacho, a huge dump on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Three thousand pickers or “catadores” work there daily sorting and selling recyclable materials.
Filmed over three years, Munizʼs original idea was to create art using the garbage from the dump. But as he got to know some of the “catadores” he ended up creating art projects with them.
The result was awe-inspiring works of art that have earned international attention.
“We are trying to offer a variety of films in our series. We have shown environmental, political and beautifully inspirational films like ‘Waste Land’ over the past several months,” said Bob Johnson of the Sierra Club.
Doors for the documentary showing at the Cozmic Café open at 6 p.m. on March 12 with the film starting at 6:30 p.m. A $3 donation is appreciated to help offset the cost of the room rental.
Food service ends at 6 p.m.
Upcoming films in the series include: “Taking Root, the Vision of Wangari Maathai” (April); and “The Big Fix” (May).