Directors/ Producers:
Mai Iskander
Release Date: 2009
Website: garbagedreams.com

Other online resouces: GAIA’s Why Recycling Works
PBS Downloads




Order your DVD today and host a screening that connects the story of the Zaballeen to recycling, zero waste, and cross cultural issues in your community. Grassroots groups, non-profits, even just a concerned individual can host a screening. It’s simple:

1. Order your Garbage Dreams Tour Community Screening Package.
2. Pick a Venue and Date
3. Plan an Event that will have Impact! Use the screening to highlight the work of you organization, raise funds for your group, draw attention to a local organizing effort, or just hold a Q&A after the screening. Get audiences to take action!
4. Get the Word Out! We have downloadable postcards and flier templates.Use social networks like Facebook to advertise your event!
5. Have a great Garbage Dreams Screening Event and move audiences into action.


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, Egypt. It is home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for “garbage people”. Far ahead of any modern “green” initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the trash they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the boys is forced to make a choice that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

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The Garbage Dreams Tour is a community-based screening campaign. It aims to demonstrate the true value of trash and the cost of throwing out the expertise of the Zaballeen.

Donate to the Spirit of Youth Association, a non-governmental organization of Zaballeen, that run The Recycling School, profiled in Garbage Dreams. To make a contribution, please click on the amount you wish to donate: $10, $25, $50 or $100.


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Film Festival Screenings
Please contact info@garbagedreams.org  to request the film be in your festival.

Home Use
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