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'Garbage Dreams' Screens at Stanford University

The documentary Garbage Dreams screened on July 18 at Stanford as part of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies' INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SUMMER 2012: FEAST TO FAMINE: Global Politics of Food and Water.  The event included a post-screening discussion led by Prof. Lisa Blaydes (Department of Political Science, Stanford).

Garbage Dreams (2009; directed by Mai Iskander) 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, 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. 

Here is the trailer for the movie followed by the film's credits and awards:

Director, Producer & Cinematographer
Mai Iskander

Executive Producer
Tiffany Schauer

Co-Executive Producer
Claudia Miller


Awards World Premiere, SXSW
International Premiere, IDFA
Nominee for Director Guild of America for Best Director
Al Gore Reel Current Award, Nashville Film Festival
IDA Humanitas Award, Inter'l Doc. Association
Special Jury Prize, Dubai Film Festival
Best Documentary, Hollywood Film Festival
Best Documentary, Bermuda Inter'l Film Festival
Best Documentary, Landlocked Film Festival
Best Documentary, Vail Film Festival
Best Documentary, Lone Star Film Festival
World Cinema Best Director, Phoenix Film Festival
World Cinema Audience Award, Phoenix Film Fest.
Best Editing, Woodstock Film Festival
Best Green, Connecticut Film Festival
Silver Screen Award, Nevada Film Festival
Special Jury Award, Montana CINE Inter'l Film Fes.
Golden Palm Award, Mexico Inter'l Film Festival
Human Spirit Award, Ojai-Ventura Film Festival
Best Cinematography (2nd place), Rhode Island Inter'l Film Festival
Best Documentary, Sebastopol Film Festival
Youth Prize, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival
Special Mention, Squardi Altrove Film Festival
Best Documentary, Ashland Independent
Best International Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival
Student Council Provincial Award, Cinemambiente
First Prize, Feature Length Film, Eco Films Rodos
Best Green, Dokufest Kosovo Film Festival
Starring Adham, Nabil, Osama & Laila
Directed By Mai Iskander
Produced By Mai Iskander

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"GARBAGE DREAMS is a moving story of young men searching for a ways to eke out a living for their families and facing tough choices as they try to do the right thing for the planet." - AL GORE

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