Trailer for Lucy Walker’s Oscar-nominated documentary, Waste Land:
There’s a nice piece on GlobalPost that includes interviews with a couple of the ‘catadores’ (garbage pickers). Incredible stuff:
“I came here because of the money,” said Josue Santos, 42, who says he quit construction three years ago to do this. As he dragged a sofa-sized, 100-pound bag of smashed soda bottles under a hot sun, Santos explained the economics of chasing garbage trucks.
The prices of recyclables change weekly but, generally, a 100-pound bag of crushed plastic bottles sells for about $30, Santos said. On a good day a fast picker can gather as many as four or five bags worth of bottles, he said, but a worse day or a slower picker may produce just one. Santos said he works alongside his wife and young son and together they make between $400 and $600 per week.
I don’t know about you guys but I sure am glad that International Women’s Day is over so that we can get back to enjoying International Men’s 364-Days.
Anyway it seemed like a good moment to point up Flavorwire‘s rundown of their top ten female graffiti writers, which kicked off with São Paulo’s Nina. She’s a badass, and actually probably definitely of the top ten street artists out there full stop. Check it.