|Directors:||Lucy Walker, Karen Harley|
|Collections:||Leading Men, Must Watch Docs|
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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99 (unrecycled items) is not 100By Cyfran101 (21 reviews) from Ludlow , 08 Mar 2011
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[Highly rated reviewer]The scene of the film is Jardim Gramacho of Rio De Janeiro, the largest landfill site in the world.
The focus is Vik Muniz, a Brazilian modern artist who uses rubbish as a medium for art.
Vik enters the landfill site with trepidation as the people were rumoured to be drug addicts and the area surrounded by drug lords favelas but wants to give something back from the sale of garbage picker portraits.
However the film portrays the pickers as not just being clean from drugs but having more honesty, dignity and drive than the other Rio residents give them credit for. Despite having no education and living in horendous conditions they are financially astute champions of recycling who are victims of poor circumstances.
The film really concentrates on the selected pickers for portraits and follows them on an emotional journey however like the landfill itself its feels as if a lot more lies beneath the thin crust. The government appears to be letting down the pickers but no government official is interviewed, the events that led the pickers to the landfill are lightly explored and can these people all be as wholesome as the film contends. The landfill is even portrayed as a place people may not want to leave, its only after an hour that the cons of living in the dump bubble to the surface. The health issues, the danger of working there and the bodies dumped alongside the bags.
The film is however inspirational and the enthusiam of the subjects shines through the dirt. A triumph.
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Amazing, moving filmBy deputyjess (1 review) , 14 Aug 2013This is an amazing film. Surprises you more and more as it goes on. People do beautiful things for others.
One of the best documentaries ever!By theorganicdomino (76 reviews) , 01 Jul 2013This is a beautiful film which will alter your perception of modern art and ensure you're more conscientious about recycling. The process of creation, its social impact and aesthetic meaning are all breathtakingly combined in the art project undertaken. It seems art truly can change lives and make a difference - who would have thought it was still possible. Not just one of the best documentaries, one of the best films I have ever seen - unforgettable.
Moving and upliftingBy anglosaxon (9 reviews) , 06 Apr 2013A moving and uplifting film about people who, despite their very difficult circumstances, can be helped to achieve their aspirations. It shows that people who work in conditions that most of us could not imagine are capable of greater things and should be treated with dignity and respect.
what an inspirationBy crosseyes (22 reviews) , 24 Feb 2013What an amazing and creative way to make a difference. And how rich in spirit are the humblest of people. Great work, the kind of understanding that should be across the earth.
A testament to human spiritBy Ambassador (1 review) , 29 Jan 2013Owe inspiring film that truly puts life into perspective. A testament to human spirit. I can't recommend this film enough.