Garbage Dreams

Welcome to the world’s largest garbage village, a ghetto on the outskirts of Cairo. For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their trash, paying them only a minimal amount for their services. Far ahead of any “Green” initiatives, the Zaballeen recycle 80% of all the garbage they collect. Through a labyrinth of twisting narrow roadways, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into this trash trade and the life-changing choices they must make as Cairo attempts to “modernize”.


Love the festival?

Help make it happen.