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Educators can use this collection to support viewing of the documentary film, Waste Land, by Lucy Walker, while engaging students in discussions about the power of art to transform society, and the connection between human dignity and human rights in Brazil. These lessons and discussions also provide a context for understanding and further investigating the factors that contribute to the staggering number of women and children living in poverty in Brazil, and other parts of the world. The activities foster discussion and inspire action around these topics within classrooms, youth-serving organizations, families and the broader community.

  • Waste Land | Educator Guide

    Educators can use the guide to support viewing of the documentary, while engaging students in discussions about the power of art to transform society, and the connection between human dignity and human rights in Brazil. These lessons and discussions also provide a context for understanding and further investigating the factors that contribute to the staggering number of women and children living in poverty in Brazil, and other parts of the world. The activities can foster discussion and inspire action around these topics within classrooms, youth-serving organizations, families and the broader community.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Human Dignity | Waste Land Film Module

    Students will watch an excerpt from the film and consider the consequences for individuals and communities whose fundamental human rights are limited or denied, and develop a plan for improving the lives of women in their own community.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Art and Transformation | Waste Land Film Module

    In this Waste Land film module, students will meet some of the residents and works of the world’s largest landfill, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This module speaks to the theme of transformation, the power of art to transform society, and the connection between human dignity and human rights in Brazil.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Pictures of Garbage | Waste Land Film Module

    In this Waste Land film module, students will be introduced to Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz and the motivation behind his art project “Pictures of Garbage. The project speaks to the theme of transformation, the power of art to transform society, and the connection between human dignity and human rights in Brazil.

    Grades: 9-13+

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