Garbage Dreams 2009

Garbage Dreams is a 2009 feature length documentary film written and directed by Mai Iskander. It was officially selected for the SXSW Film Festival.

Plot: Filmed over four years, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys Adham, a bright precocious 17 year old; Osama, a charming impish 16 year old; Nabil, a shy artistic 18 year old born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village. On the outskirts of Cairo, on the hills of Mokattam, is a world folded onto itself, an impenetrable labyrinth of narrow roadways camouflaged by trash. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, also spelt Zabbaleen, arabic for “garbage people”. For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their garbage. The Zaballeen have performed this service very cheaply or for free. They make their living by sorting the waste materials for recycling. They recycle 80% of all the garbage they collect; creating an efficient waste disposal system.

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