Arkansas PBS > Engage > Pressroom > AETN, Hendrix College host Community Cinema featuring free screening of Garbage Dreams Award-winning documentary highlights worlds largest garbage village being threatened by multi-national recycling corporation
Posted 22 Feb 2010
Filmed over four years, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the worlds largest garbage village Mokkattam a ghetto located on the outskirts of Cairo and home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for garbage people. For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their trash, paying them only a minimal amount for their garbage collection services. The entrepreneurial garbage workers survive by recycling 80 percent of all the garbage they collect, creating what is arguably the worlds most efficient waste disposal system.
The three boys Adham, a bright precocious 17-year-old; Osama, a charming impish 16-year-old; and Nabil, a shy artistic 18-year-old dream about having an apartment, getting married, and finding respect. The boys dreams change when the city of Cairo hires three foreign garbage disposal companies endangering the livelihood of the Zaballen by making it illegal to collect and sort trash.
Garbage Dreams, a film by Mai Iskander, is a Directors Guild of America Best Documentary Nominee and winner of the International Documentary Association Humanitas Award and the Al Gore Reel Film Festival.
The screening will be held in the Murphy Building, located on the Hendrix campus at the corner of Washington Avenue and Winfield Street in Conway. Refreshments will be provided, and parking is available in lots adjacent to Bailey Library. Attendees may register to win handmade art created by students from the Mokattam Recycling School that will be given away following the screening.
For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit www.aetn.org/engage.
Following the screening, a community discussion will be held with panelists from Conway Sanitation Department and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, as well as Ben Samuelson, Hendrix student environmental awareness representative.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the countrys best 371 colleges, was identified as the nations top Up and Coming liberal arts college for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 44 Best Buy colleges by the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.
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