Everyone is invited to join the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Sunday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. for its annual Boxing Day event featuring the highly acclaimed documentary film “Waste Land.” This is a free screening; however, donations will be accepted to help support those in the film as well as local organizations through United Mid-Coast Charities.

Winner of this year’s Audience Award for Best World Cinema, Documentary, at Sundance Film Festival, “Waste Land” is an uplifting examination of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.  The film follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores —self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.

What evolves is a unique collaboration between artist and subject as the catadores work with Muniz to recreate his photos as portraits of themselves made out of the recyclable materials around them. The results, which reveal both their dignity and despair, give these inspiring subjects the opportunity to begin to see themselves in a new way and even to re-imagine their lives.

Director Lucy Walker — “Devil’s Playground, “Blindsight” and “Countdown to Zero” — set down with her small crew in Rio de Janeiro and watched as this truly transformative project took shape. This unforgettable film, featuring a haunting musical soundtrack by Moby, is truly one of the most inspiring films of the year.

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on Dec. 26 in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more and more so in the United States.  Boxing Day is so called because on this day it was customary for tradesmen to collect their Christmas boxes or gifts in return for good service throughout the year. Also, it included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions and the needy, and churches opened their donation boxes and gave to the poor.

To keep the tradition of Boxing Day alive, many businesses, organizations, and families choose to donate their time, services and money to charities and provide gifts for those in need on this day. The Strand offers the screening of “Waste Land” in the spirit of Boxing Day. Run time of the unrated film is 98 minutes.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.