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Garbage Dreams

Garbage Dreams is a Documentary directed by Egyptian Film maker Mai Iskander. It is currently shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Award for the 2010 Academy Awards, and deservedly so. It is an interesting film which quietly and matter-of-factly brings together several themes

The movie is about the lives of three young men who live on the outskirts of Cairo in what is perhaps the world's largest garbage dump. About 60,000 Zaballeen (Arabic for "Garbage people") live on the outskirts of Cairo in this town, and for generations have made a living by recycling garbage. Through hard work they have managed to reduce Cairo's waste by about 80%, not through any desire to be green, but because this is how they have always made a living. This is how they have always done things, and the Zaballeen feel that this is their destiny, generation to generation. The pressure placed upon these young men to ignore their desires for a better life and to continue doing what they are "supposed to be doing" is enormous. Unsurprisingly enough, even their own kin feel that they should never dream of anything better, that their destiny is just that, their destiny

Globalization impacts their livlihood when the business of recycling garbage becomes more profitable to more established business interests. The boys are forced to make decisions that will impact their lives and the lives of their families and perhaps their entire community.

As all good movie do, this one weaves together large themes with personal stories. It highlights a massive global shift as seen through the eyes of three young men. This movie left me thinking about my own life, about whether I recognize all the forces that are shaping my life, about why I lead the kind of life I do, and about how lucky I am to have the choices I have.

If you happen to have a spare evening in Toronto on March 17th, you can catch a screening of the movie at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West. There's a screening at 6.30, and another one at 9.15.

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • March 05 2010 07:52PM

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Wow, thanks so much for sharing this.It looks really good.

I hope that the film comes to the US, or TV or somewhere. I would love to see it. I love documentaries.

Posted by Jerri McCombs, Hendersonville NC Relocation (Hendersonville NC Relocation) over 8 years ago

Jerri McCombs (Keller Williams Realty Mtn Prtnrs) Hi Jerri, I hope this film gets good exposure too, I love to watch documentaries about subjects that I never thought of before. I'm sure it will be released in the U.S.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Sounds interesting - i just emailed your post to my daughter - maybe she'll want to catch it :)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 8 years ago

Malcolm,

This wasn't something that I was aware of. Now, following your post, I think that I'd like to see it.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Liz Moras ~Chilliwack Realtor, Chilliwack, Hope, Langley, Abbotsford (Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake) Liz, if she is a student with id, thenshe'd be able to get in free for the 915 showing.

$12 online or at the door (subject to availability)*
A limited number of FREE tickets for the 9:15 pm screening are available to students with proper ID (subject to availability). These tickets are available starting at 5:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) I always find these kind of films interesting Brian because they show me things I never imagine existed. It's part of the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. They feature some really worthwhile films.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, this is fascinating.  I've become much more interested in international cultures and their educational opportunities since reading Stones into Schools.  I hope I get a chance to see this documentary. 

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, and by the way, I read your profile.  And I wish you the best of luck in your new venture into real estate. 

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) over 8 years ago

Sallie Williams, MBA, Baton Rouge REALTOR (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS)  Thanks very much Sallie. Greg Mortenson (author of stones into schools, and founder of he movement to educate girls in Afghanistan) is one brilliant man. I wish we had more determined people like him.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

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