Thursday: “Waste Land”

July 14

This is one of those documentaries that you never forget. Director Lucy Walker tenderly weaves together the devastating stories of men and women who live in poverty in Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, and work as “catadores”—garbage pickers—in the world’s largest garbage dump (since closed), but this isn’t merely about their struggle. The story shows how they uplift themselves through art and community with the help of acclaimed artist Vik Muniz, who returns to his home country to collaborate with the catadores. By collecting and piecing together the trash that surrounds them, they create massive mosaics based on Muniz’s photographs placing the catadores in classic works of art. An appropriate accompaniment to its current exhibition “Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling,” the Walters hosts a screening of the 2010 film followed by a moderated Q&A. 6:30 p.m., The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000,, $10 (free for museum members). (Maura Callahan)

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