Muhr Arabic Documentary
Egypt, U.S.A. / 2008 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / HDCam / 70 minutes

Winner of Muhr Arab / Documentary / Second Prize: Engi Wassef (Director)

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Proving that life, laughter and love can flourish in the most unlikely of locations, Engi Wassef's poetic account of family life amongst the inhabitants of a sprawling Cairo rubbish tip makes for a life-affirming and engaging documentary. Marina is an 11-year old girl, who lives with her family amidst the squalor of Zabbaleen village, where over 2,000 tonnes of refuse arrives each day, destined to be sorted, recycled or destroyed. It's a harsh life, for all the family and Wassef's camera records the grueling realities of life amidst the detritus. Her family are just one of the many who collect, sort and recycle waste. But it's Marina's powerful imagination and innate curiosity transcending the mountains of junk and squalor, that inspires the viewer, creating a fresh and innocent perspective on the lives of the workers, and their families.



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