Marina of the Zabbaleen
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Marina of the Zabbaleen focuses on the struggle of a marginalized Egyptian people to support and sustain a culture of family and belief. The zabbaleen (Cairos Christian garbage collectors) have carved out a niche for themselves in a world where they are a distinct and oppressed minority--but, as the film shows, a world without religious liberty is a world where efforts at cultural preservation and economic innovation are always radically compromised. To make the film, director Engi Wassef, herself a Coptic Christian of Egyptian origin, gained unprecedented entry to the remote, cliff-side world of the zabbaleen; centering her documentary on a young girl who aspires against all odds to become a doctor, she deftly explores the ways and means of Cairos hidden garbage-collecting culture.
Banned in Egypt, Marina of the Zabbaleen premiered in April 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is being hailed as a gorgeous" and painterly" account of the troubled daily life of an obscure but revealing Middle Eastern people.
2010-03-11 | Marina of the Zabbaleen premieres in the UK! The film will show at the Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel, London, at 7:30pm. Visit the Marina of the Zabbaleen website for more details.
2009-09-16 | Marina of the Zabbaleen screens in Los Angeles, September 16-22, at the Laemmle Grande, with daily screenings at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Laemmle Grande box office at 345 S. Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
2009-09-11 | Marina of the Zabbaleen screens in New York, September 11-17, at the ImaginAsian Theater. For showtimes and tickets, visit http://tickets.torchfilms.com.View full event archive for Marina of the Zabbaleen ››