GARBAGE DREAMS (USA, 2009, 82 min.)

This documentary 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 home to 60,000 “Zabbaleen,” or “Garbage People” in Arabic. Far ahead of any modern green initiatives, the Zabbaleen 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 three boys is forced to make choices that will impact their future and the future of their community. Directed and produced by Mai Iskander. Golden Palm Winner at the Mexico International Film Festival and Al Gore Reel Current Winner at the Nashville Film Festival.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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