Garbage Dreams


Trailer for Feature Documentary Film

“Moving..hauntingly familiar…Garbage Dreams makes a compelling case that modernization does not always equal progress.” – Al Gore

Festivals: South by Southwest, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

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 Zaballeen (or Zabbaleen), Arabic for “garbage people” who 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.



Best Documentary Nominee, Director’s Guild of America

Al Gore Reel Current Award Nashville Film Festival

IDA Humanitas Award

Best Documentary, Hollywood Film Festival

Best Documentary, Bermuda International Film Festival

Best Documentary, Lone Star Film Festival

Best Documentary, Vail Film Festival

Best Green, Connecticut Film FestivalWorld Cinema

Best Director, Phoenix Film Festival

World Cinema Audience Award, Phoenix Film Festival

Palm D’or, Mexico International Film Festival

Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival

Best Documentary, Landlocked Film Festival

Best Editing, Woodstock Film Festival

Special Jury Award, Montana CINE International Film Festival

Human Spirit Award, Ojai International Film Festival

Silver Star Award, Nevada Film Festival

Special Jury Award, Sebastopol Film Festival

Youth Prize, Sguardi Altrove

Special Mention, Sguardi Altrove

Best Documentary, Ashland Independent Film Festival

Best International Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival

Tornio Provincial Special Award, Cinemambiente

First Prize  Feature Length Film, Eco Films Rodos

Audience Award, Ecocinema

Best Green, Dokufest Kosovo Film Festival

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