Garbage Dreams

Garbage Dreams

Mai Iskander, USA, Egypt, 200935mm, Colour, 79'

“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 home to 60,000 Zabbaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”). Far ahead of any modern “Green” initiatives, the Zabbaleen survive by recycling 80% of the garbage they collect. Face to face with the globalization of their trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

03 August, Kino në Kala, 22:15

Green Docs Competition

Director: Mai Iskander
Producer: Tiffany Schauer
Cinematographer: Mai Iskander
Editor: Kate Hirson, Jessica Reynolds
Sound: Raz Mesinai

Director's Biography

Producer, director and cinematographer based in New York, “Garbage Dreams” is Mai’s directorial debut. As a cinematographer, Mai has worked on TV shows for A&E, PBS, LOGO and has filmed numerous dramatics (“Roof Sex”) and commercials. Mai started her career working as a camera assistant for the Academy Award Nominated cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek (“Amadeus”, “Ragtime”). She graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film Production and a BA in Economics.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary Nominee – Director’s Guild of America, USA. Al Gore Reel Current Award – Nashville Film Festival, USA. Humanitas Award – IDA, USA. Special Jury Award – Hollywood Film Festival, USA. Best Documentary – Bermuda International Film Festival, USA. Best Documentary – Lone Star Film Festival, USA. Best Documentary – Phoenix Film Festival, USA. Best Cinematography – Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA. Best Editing – Woodstock Film Festival, USA. Value Winner, Montana CINE International Film Festival, USA. Silver Screen Award – Nevada Film Festival, USA.


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