Marie Michael Library


Garbage Dreams


79 min.

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Filmed over four years, this documentary follows three teenage boys growing up in the world's largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo.  It is home to 60,000 Zaballeen (or Zabbaleen), Egypt's 'garbage people'.  For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their trash, paying them minimal wages. In 2003, the city replaced the Zabelleen with multinational garbage disposal companies. Faced with the globalization of their trade, the teenage boys are forced to make choices that will impact their future and the survival of the community.

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