Garbage Dreams is the directoral debut of producer, director and cinematographer, Mai Iskander. Released in 2009, this film has been receiving lots of hype and praise at film festivals all over the world, having won 22 awards so far.
Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. This village is home to 60,000 Zaballeen (Arabic for “garbage people”). Far ahead of any modern “green” initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80% of the garbage they collect (this is pretty amazing considering that most Western countries recycle only 20-30% of garbage). When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.
I was lucky enough to see this film at an event this week and it is really worth watching. At first the film is quite hard to watch as you’re imagining “how can anyone live like this?”, however as the film goes on you feel yourself start to become a part of their lives and their garbage village.
Check out this interesting backstory on the Zaballeen and view the trailer for the film below.
Posted by Kristen.