Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

In Rio de Janeiro at Jardim Gra­ma­cho, the world’s largest dump, work­ers liv­ing in a tin-roof shan­ty­town spend their days wad­ing through waste heaps and build­ing an un­likely com­mu­nity of mu­tual sup­port and ad­mi­ra­tion. Into this sur­real world comes Vik Muñiz, an artist who has con­cocted pho­to­graphic por­traits from cot­ton tufts, sugar, dirt, and choco­late sauce. He makes friends with the Gra­ma­cho cata­dores, per­suad­ing them to make soc­cer-field-size por­traits of them­selves us­ing the garbage that they spend their days sort­ing. The art is top-notch, and the film is a lov­ing por­trait. Not rated. 98 min­utes. In English and Por­tuguese with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez)

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