Title:  Garbage Dreams
Category:  Documentary
Length:  79 Minutes
Filmmaker(s):  Mai Iskander
Year:  2009
Country:  USA

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Juried: Best Documentary

Three teenage boys born into the "trash trade" grow up in the world's largest garbage village- a ghetto located on the outskirts of Cairo and home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people." For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their trash and survive by recycling the city's waste. These entrepreneurial garbage workers proudly recycle 80% of all the garbage they collect, creating what is arguably the world's most efficient waste disposal system. They have created a recycling model that costs the state nothing, recycles so much waste and employs tens of thousands of Cairo's poorest. The Zaballeen earn little, but it is a livelihood. Or has been. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. [subtitles]
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