Washington D.C. Premiere
MARINA OF THE ZABBALEEN
MARINA OF THE ZABBALEEN (USA, 2008, 70 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere Enter the extraordinary world of seven-year-old Marina. Through her magical eyes, you’ll be led into the seldom-seen Muqqattam garbage-recycling village in Cairo, Egypt. The film focuses on the struggle of a marginalized Egyptian people, the Zabbaleen—Cairo’s Christian garbage collectors—to support and sustain their culture of family and belief. They live in a world where they are a distinct and oppressed minority; and yet, Marina of the Zabbaleen transforms a squalid landfill village into a beautiful, dream-like portrait of family, childhood and spirituality. The film premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Engi Wassef.
Discussion with filmmaker Engi Wassef follows screening.
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