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ISU to present Community Cinema Screening of film “Garbage Dreams” on Jan. 19

Posted January 8, 2010

The Community Cinema Screening of the film "Garbage Dreams" will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theater.

The free viewing is open to the public and there is free parking on campus after 4 p.m. An audience discussion about what we can do to increase recycling in our own environment will follow the film.

The showing is sponsored by Idaho State University and Idaho Public Television in collaboration with the Independent Television Service.

Filmed over four years, "Garbage Dreams" goes inside the world of Egypt’s Zaballeen (Arabic for 'garbage people') to reveal the lives of two teenage boys born into the trash trade. 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.

Proving that one man's trash is another man's treasure, these entrepreneurial garbage workers survive by recycling 80 percent of all the garbage they collect, creating what is arguably the world's most efficient waste disposal system. Recycling to lift themselves out of poverty, the Zaballeen have, through necessity, devised ingenious solutions to one of the world's most pressing problems.

More information on the film is available at

For information on the screening call 282-3451.