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December 6, 2011 9:44 AM
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Project of the Day: Family Perseverance Doc "Zabaleen"

"Zabaleen"

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"Zabaleen"

Tweetable Logline: Mourad, one of Cairo's garbage collectors, will stop at nothing to protect his family and their home.

Elevator Pitch: The film follows Mourad, his wife Um Waleed, and their 11 children as they make their living off of Egypt's trash. Their living situation is constantly threatened by the governments actions, an unstable mountain, religious tensions, and a looming revolution that will change their lives forever. The film tells a story of perseverance, love, and a father's will to protect his family at all costs.
 
Production Team:
Director/Cinematographer: 
Justin Kramer
Producer: Lauren McCarthy
Producer:
Carrie Vermillion
 
Editor:
Wajdi Elian
 
About the Production: I have had the rare opportunity to document the lives of this family for nearly 3 years. I have watched their lives change for the better and at times, for the worse. This is a universal story that each and every person that sees it, will connect with. The characters are captivating and the area where they live has to be seen to believe.
 
Current Status:
fundraising for post-production
 
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Mourad's Morning from Zabaleen on Vimeo.

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6 Comments

  • Ron | January 5, 2012 8:06 PMReply

    Well done! The short clip was enough to make me want to see the rest of the story. I am looking forward to see the finished work.

  • Vasso Lourakis | December 12, 2011 4:17 AMReply

    Awaiting to see the Zabaleen film. We know all efforts done till the moment we will watch it!

  • Dolores | December 6, 2011 5:51 PMReply

    Wonderfully filmed...beautifully told...can't wait to view it !

  • YM | December 6, 2011 4:55 PMReply

    Can't wait to see this film! Looks like it will be an amazingly well made film which will open viewers eyes and hearts to the people of Zabaleen.

  • Rania | December 6, 2011 12:32 PMReply

    I would like to see this film. Here's a bit from my review of a doc that takes place in the same environment: "'Marina of the Zabbaleen' by Engi Wassef revolves around a village of refuse, created by poverty-stricken trash collectors in Cairo. A gorgeous film about garbage, the documentary is beautifully shot and poetically told. It follows six-year-old Marina, whose family members are part of the 'Zabbaleen,' or 'garbage people,' employed by the city to collect and sort debris. The industrious community bundles newspapers and recycles and resells other waste. Marina dreams of becoming a doctor as she lives in squalor among vermin. As Coptic Christians, the family is a minority in the Middle East. Being of the same faith, director Engi Wassef had special access to the people and the site."

  • Sally | December 6, 2011 11:07 AMReply

    I've been watching the progress of this film for nearly 2 years. I know personally some of the staff and what they've endured to film this documentary. I'm very excited about seeing it upon completion. I know the passion and love they've all put into it. Thank you!