Screening of Lucy Walker's Oscar Nominated Documentary Film WASTE LAND Featuring Renowned Artist Vik Muniz

London, UK, February 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWeb UK) Phillips de Pury & Company together with See Change, founded by Kathryn Greig, are thrilled to host an exclusive screening of the critically acclaimed, Oscar® nominated documentary WASTE LAND, directed by Lucy Walker, co-directed by João Jardim and Karen Harley, and produced by Angus Aynsley, (Almega Projects) and Hank Levine (O2 Filmes).

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

“Vik Muniz and Lucy Walker have made a powerful and very human movie that fills you with hope and positivity!” – Simon de Pury, Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company

“I knew that a collaboration between Vik and catadores would be potentially very dramatic. Vik had previously done some brilliant social projects with street kids in Sao Paolo and had a wonderful ongoing project in Rio which employed kids from the favelas, and I was totally inspired by him…I am Vik’s biggest fan. And this idea of the ‘human factor,’ about scales in portraiture, and distances in getting to know people, is what the movie is about for me.” – Lucy Walker

Nominee – Academy Awards® Best Documentary Feature 2011
Nominee – British Independent Film Awards Best Documentary 2010
Best of Festival – Wild & Scenic Festival 2011
Golden Tomato Award, Best reviewed Documentary – Rotten Tomatoes 2010
Pare Lorentz Award - IDA Awards 2010
Best Documentary – IDA Awards 2010
Silver Audience Award – Stockholm Film Festival 2010
Special Jury Prize Best Feature – Amazonas Film Festival 2010
Itamaraty Award for Best Documentary – São Paulo International Film Festival 2010
Roger’s People’s Choice Award – Vancouver International Film Festival 2010
Crystal Heart Award – Heartland Film Festival 2010
Jury Award – Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2010
People's Choice Award Best Documentary Film– Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2010
Audience Award Best Feature Film – EcoFocus Film Festival 2010
Human Spirit Award – EcoFocus Film Festival 2010
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award – Durban International Film Festival 2010
Audience Choice Best Film – Durban International Film Festival 2010
Best Documentary – Durban International Film Festival 2010
Jury Award, Best Film – Paulinia Film Festival 2010
Audience Award, Best Film – Paulinia Film Festival 2010
Audience Award, World Cinema Best Documentary – Maui International Film Festival 2010
HBO Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature – Provincetown International Film Festival 2010
Best Documentary Golden Space Needle Audience Award – Seattle International Film Festival 2010
Target Filmmaker Award, Best Documentary – Dallas International Film Festival 2010
Audience Award, Best Film - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2010
Audience Award, Best Documentary – IDFA 2010
Amnesty International Human Rights Film Award - Berlin Film Festival 2010
Panorama Audience Award, Best Film – Berlin Film Festival 2010
Audience Award, Best World Cinema Documentary - Sundance Film Festival 2010

"The entire WASTE LAND film team is immensely pleased that Phillips de Pury and See Change have decided to organise this amazing screening of the movie in London. Phillips has been such a wonderful and enthusiastic supporter of WASTE LAND since the earliest stages of the project when we really had no idea what direction this remarkable story would eventually take. It is such a pleasure to screen the completed film in their London premises that provided such key scenes from the film back in June 2008. We are also honoured to be an early participant in the See Change's film series that is already doing such wonderful work in combining and harnessing philanthropy and film. I would like to personally thank both of these organisations for helping to make this evening such a success." – Angus Ainsley, Almega Projects Ltd.

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses installation, painting and photography. Muniz’s images are composed in two stages; first an image is created out of garbage, toys, colour swatches such as 'blood' (red dye), diamonds, chocolate and once finished the final image is then photographed. Most recently and featured in the film the works have been created out of garbage collected on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Muniz’s work engages the viewer on two levels: from far away his pieces are portraiture and reproductions of famous artworks but on closer examination it becomes clear that his work is an examination of medium and it’s relation to the composed image.

As an internationally recognized artist, Muniz is one of the best selling Brazilian artist’s currently working today. At Phillips de Pury & Company his work sells in London and New York in a variety of Contemporary, Photography and Theme sales.

“The moment when one thing turns into another is the most beautiful moment. A combination of sounds turns into music. And that applies to everything.” – Vik Muniz

A portrait by Vik Muniz will be auctioned on the night after the screening to benefit See Change and ACAMJG in Rio de Janeiro.