Garbage Dreams Directed
USA / 2009 / 79minutes in Egyptian with English subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II
Woodstock Town Hall
"Garbage Dreams" is a moving story of young men searching for 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
"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.
BIO: Mai Iskander is a producer, director and cinematographer based in New York. "Garbage Dreams" is Mai's directorial debut. As a cinematographer, Mai has worked on TV shows for A&E, PBS, LOGO and has filmed numerous dramatics ("Roof Sex") and commercials. She has had the privilege of working with the legendary Albert Maysles on the documentary "Profiles of a Peacemaker." Mai recently returned from Tchad, where she worked with Academy Award nominee Edet Belzberg on her documentary "Watchers of the Sky."
Mai started her career working as a camera assistant for the Academy Award nominated cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek ("Amadeus," "Ragtime"). As a camera assistant, Mai worked on over a dozen features, such as "Preacher's Wife," "Men in Black" and "As Good as It Gets," and on over a hundred commercials. She graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film Production and a BA in Economics
Executive Producer(s): Tiffany Schauer, Claudia Miller
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