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There is a beautiful metaphor at work amongst the ugly garbage in Waste Land, a recent Oscar nominee for Best Documentary. Artist Vik Muniz travels to his native Brazil to lead an art project using materials pulled from the world’s largest landfill. As Muniz encourages the involvement of the destitute people there who scavenge for recyclable materials, Waste Land touches on something transcendent: Muniz’s insistence on the worth of the damaged and discarded echoes God’s willingness to restore the likes of us all. On DVD now. (New Video Group)

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