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Film: Garbage Dreams

This is the fourth film of the UWL Ethnographic Film Series of 2017-2018. Dr. David Anderson (archaeology/anthropology) will facilitate the film and a post-film discussion. Free and open to the public. Free popcorn will be provided! Other concessions will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the UWL Archaeology & Anthropology Club.

“On the outskirts of Cairo lies the world's largest garbage village. A labyrinth of narrow roadways camouflaged by trash, the village is home to 60,000 Zaballeen — Arabic for "garbage people." The Zaballeen have survived for centuries by recycling Cairo's waste. Members of Egypt's minority Coptic Christian community, these entrepreneurial garbage workers recycle nearly all the trash they collect, maintaining what could be the world’s most efficient waste disposal system.

"Filmed over four years, GARBAGE DREAMS follows three teenage boys born into the Zaballeen's trash trade: 17-year-old Adham, 16-year-old Osama, and 18-year-old Nabil. Laila, a community activist who also teaches the boys at their neighborhood Recycling School, guides the boys as they transition into adulthood at a time when the Zaballeen community is at a crossroads.” (

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  • 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018


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