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A look into the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.

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Critic Reviews for Garbage Dreams

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (10)

  • Who knew that people could love their garbage so much that they grow angry when it is taken from them?

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film isn't easy to watch, but its portrait of perseverance and ecological commitment is enlightening.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Expertly weaving personal fears, family tensions and political action (the zabbaleen don(TM)t whine; they strive to modernize), Garbage Dreams records the tremblings of a culture at a crossroads.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • The film's most amazing character is the fantastic garbage town of Mokattam itself, with its winding alleyways piled high with trash, its buildings half exposed, riddled with crevices stuffed with bags of refuse.

    January 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Timely documentary sheds new light on the age-old practice of recycling.

    January 7, 2010
  • In Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander's handsomely shot and intermittently fascinating look at Cairo's Zaballeen community of trash collectors, the filmmaker documents an entire population faced with extinction.

    January 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Who knew that people could love their garbage so much that they grow angry when it is taken from them?

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film isn't easy to watch, but its portrait of perseverance and ecological commitment is enlightening.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Expertly weaving personal fears, family tensions and political action (the zabbaleen don(TM)t whine; they strive to modernize), Garbage Dreams records the tremblings of a culture at a crossroads.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • The film's most amazing character is the fantastic garbage town of Mokattam itself, with its winding alleyways piled high with trash, its buildings half exposed, riddled with crevices stuffed with bags of refuse.

    January 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Simultaneously charming and a bit humbling.

    September 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.0/4.0 | Full Review…
  • In this compelling documentary, director Mai Iskander follows three teenage Egyptian boys who eke out a living by collecting garbage, but dream of finding their way to a cleaner, easier way of life.

    January 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Garbage Dreams

  • Jan 29, 2013
    Absolutely fascinating story on how a "recycling" system came about in Cairo out of poverty. Essentially the poor recycled so that they could get a few pennies to make it through their daily lives. Incredible.
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