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Chasing "Garbage Dreams"

I am a fan of the PBS anthology series Independent Lens, which features independently produced films that may or may not have had a theatrical release. Beginning today (depending on when the show airs on your local PBS affiliate), Independent Lens will be featuring the film "Garbage Dreams." The documentary follows three boys who live among Egypt's Zabaleen or "garbage people," a segment of the population that sorts trash for their livelihood. Despite being responsible for an 80 percent recycling rate in the country, their way of life is threatened by incursions from multi-national waste handling corporations.

To see when the film will air in your market, you can check local listings here.