Free Outdoor Screening!

Waste Land


This screening will take place outdoors on the Cox Plaza at MOCA Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave.

This summer, enjoy FREE outdoor screenings of great films celebrating art and artists, presented by The Loft Cinema and MOCA Tucson, under the stars on the Cox Plaza at MOCA Tucson! Please bring your own seats and BYO picnic food.

“A remarkable testament to working class lives and the unifying power of art, Waste Land is a rare thing – a film that makes you proud to be human.” – Elliott Noble, Sky Movies

Filmed over nearly three years, the Oscar-nominated documentary 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” — or 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 (Countdown to Zero) was granted great access to the entire process, and her film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. (Dir. by Lucy Walker & Karen Harley, 2000, Brazil/ UK, in English/ Portuguese with English subtitles, 99 mins., Not Rated)