The last two Oscar nominated docs on my list are Waste Land and Inside Job. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch them both before tonight’s Oscars because they aren’t available on DVD. So instead, here are brief synopses of each film so you’ll have a little bit of background before the big show!
Waste Land: Directed by Lucy Walker (The Devil’s Playground), Waste Land spans over nearly three yearsas renowned artist Vik Muniz travels to his native Brazil and Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest garbage dump. There he photographs a group of “catadores,” or pickers of recyclable materials. As Muniz gets to know these people he begins to recreate images of them with the materials they use every day — garbage. “That a beautiful film could be set in the world’s largest garbage dump sounds like an oxymoron, but acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker has pulled off precisely that feat in her profoundly moving “Waste Land,” says the Los Angeles Times.
View the trailer here:
Inside Job: Directed by Charles Ferguson and narrated by Academy Award winner Matt Damon, Inside Job takes the viewer “inside” the economic crisis of 2008. The research and interviews that shape the film reveal the relationships that have corrupted politics. Inside Job was named one of the Top 5 Documentaries of the Year by the National Board of Review and won Outstanding Directional Achievement in Documentary by the Directors Guild Award.