Hoop Dreams/Waste Land

Watched a couple of really good documentaries recently. Hoop Dreams is about two kids recruited to go to St. Joseph’s High School (recruiting for high school?) to play basketball. Waste Land is about garbage pickers (recyclable pickers, really) in Brazil and an artist who seeks to make portraits of them to sell for their benefit.

Hoop Dreams is basically a portrait of the two kids lives through high school. It’s… really matter of fact. Not dressed up at all. It shows the kind of lives they live, and that is enough for this movie.

Waste Land differs in that its about someone who wants to help, and the people he’s helping. There are really beautiful shots of the pickers at work. And watching the portrait’s come together is amazing.

Can’t find a good trailer for Hoop Dreams, so here’s part 1 on youtube:

And here’s the Waste Land Trailer:


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