Trashtastic Tuesdays return to everydaytrash.com today after a bit of a hiatus. Filmmaker Mai Iskander was kind enough to answer ourquestions about her powerful film, Garbage Dreams. Those of you in LA, take note, the film is playing at the Arclight from August 14-20th with Iskander in attendance the first three nights.
everydaytrash: How long did this project take you and how did you identify your main subjects?
Iskander: Garbage Dreams is a labor of love that took four years to make. By 2005, I had been working in the film business as a cinematographer for five years and decided to take the winter off and spend it in Cairo. I returned to the garbage village and started volunteering at the local neighborhood school, The Recycling School. The teachers and students really impressed me. Despite their difficult and impoverished life, they were extremely proud in their way of life and their history – and they should be.