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Garbage Dreams is a 2009 feature length documentary film produced and directed by Mai Iskander. It premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. and won the 2009 Al Gore Reel Current Award. 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. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, also spelled as Zabbaleen, Arabic for "garbage people. " Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.
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