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Garbage Dreams

  • Release Date: Jan 06, 2010
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 22 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Mai Iskander


Cairo is one of the largest cities in Egypt, but for decades there was no formal garbage collection system in most of the city; instead, many neighborhoods were kept clean by zaballeen, or "garbage people." The zaballeen would pick up trash from the streets, sometimes being paid a few pennies for their efforts, but most would support themselves by selling cans, bottles, and other materials they found to recycling firms. This makeshift system proved to be surprisingly effective and efficient, but when...more

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