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  • Summary: 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 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. (Wynne Films) Collapse
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  1. 75
    In the words of Al Gore, "Garbage Dreams makes a compelling case that modernization does not always equal progress."
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mai Iskander's stunning documentary-helming debut.
  3. Garbage Dreams records the tremblings of a culture at a crossroads.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    With new problems come new opportunities, and Garbage Dreams smartly focuses on a younger generation of teenage workers who stand to benefit from the Zaballeen's new focus on education and updated techniques.
  5. An evocative examination of the clash between tradition and modernism in the handling of an age-old problem.
  6. The film isn't easy to watch, but its portrait of perseverance and ecological commitment is enlightening.