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Cosford screening: Waste Land

7:30 pm
7:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:00 pm

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 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 reimagine their lives. The film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and of the human spirit. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles. The film screens Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., featuring a panel discussion with local experts following the film; Friday, January 28 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, January 29 at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, January 30 at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for seniors, University of Miami alumni, faculty, non-UM students, and staff. General admission is $9. Free for UM students. Tickets are available online. For more information, visit or call 305-284-4861.

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