WAste LAND

WORKSHEET FOR THOUGHTS
Before the film... 1. What do you think of when you hear “garbage”? During the film... 3. What are some of the cool works of art Vik Muniz (the central artist) has made in the past?

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2. Can art make a difference in people’s lives? If so how?

4. Anything that surprises you or catches your attention:

5. What circumstances led the people in the film to work at the Jardim Gramacho landfill?

6. What other opportunities to make a living were available to them? Why did they choose to become catadores (garbage pickers)?

7. How do they feel about being catadores?

8. Tião Santos is president of the Association of Recycling Pickers of Jardim Gramacho. What are some of the goals that he talks about wanting to accomplish for Jardim Gramacho and the catadores?

4. Anything that surprises you or catches your attention (continued):

9. What art project does Vik Muniz (the central artist) start working on with the catadores?

10.How do the catadores describe their experience working on the art project?

11.How would the project be different if the materials had not been garbage - for example, if Vik Muniz (the central artist) had brought in new supplies from art stores for the catadores to use?

12.What did the project accomplish or mean? What were the results of the project?

13.On June 3rd, 2012, Jardim Gramacho (the landfill) was officially closed by the government of Brazil. How do you feel about this?

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