Turning Trash into Cash in Cairo - Garbage Dreams and Eco Shorts

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 7pm


Produced, Directed, and Filmed by Mai Iskander (English and Arabic with English subtitles, 53m, 2009)

Garbage Dreams follows two teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo, home to 60,000 Zeballeen or "garbage people." Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zeballeen survive by recyclying 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. The film will be introduced and discussed by Andy Fairbanks, Waste Reduction Program Supervisor of the Pinellas County Utilities Solid Waste Operations.

Shorts program:

In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman (Dir. Camille Manybeads Tso, Navaho, 26m)
Green Eco-Machine (Dir. Kristen Alexander, 10 min.)
The Commons (Dir. Laura Hanna, 3m)

Andy Fairbanks

Andy Fairbanks is the Waste Reduction Program Supervisor for Pinellas County Utilities Solid Waste Operations. He will be on hand to discuss issues of recycling. www.pinellascounty.org/recycle

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