A new documentary called Garbage Dreams will be screening at Manhattan’s IFC Center for one week starting today, January 6th. The film follows three teenage boys who grow up in a “garbage village” on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, where residents are referred to as Zaballeen, Arabic for “garbage people.” For years, the city of Cairo has relied on Zaballeen to collect municipal garbage.
These entrepreneurial garbage workers recycle 80% of the garbage they collect, creating what is arguably the world’s most efficient waste disposal system.
The director, Mai Iskander, will be present (and, we imagine, will answer questions) tonight through Sunday at the 6:30pm shows.
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