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MARINA OF THE ZABBALEEN
OFFICIAL SELECTION Tribeca Film Fest
"The film never loses its admiration for human resilience and childish imagination. Or for the tenacity of faith among those who seem most abandoned by their God" -New York Times
"Richly observed and poignant" -Slant
The "Zabbaleen," from the Arabic word for trash, zabbala, are Cairo's refuse collectors and sorters, who live in an almost surreal setting on the outskirts of the megalopolis: Their world consists of mountains of decaying food and plastic bottles, a bitterly ironic contrast to the noble and ancient pyramids looming in the background nearby. Nonetheless, they form an industrious community, recycling a huge amount of the city's waste and either reselling sorted paper by the bundle or raising pigs on the rotten refuse. Unfortunately, they also must deal with toxic substances, like dirty hypodermic needles and for the children of the Zabbaleen, many of whom do not attend school, the trash heaps are their unlikely and unforgiving playgrounds. Marina is one such child who, unlike her peers, attends school daily and dreams of becoming a doctor while transforming a squalid landfill village into a beautiful, dream-like portrait of family, childhood and spirituality. Her powerful imagination and innate curiosity inspires the viewer, creating a fresh and innocent perspective on the lives of the workers, and their families.
Directed by Engi Wassef, U.S.A., 2008, 70 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles.