DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL -- WINNER
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
“[The] film never loses its admiration for human resilience and childish imagination. Or for the tenacity of faith among those who seem most abandoned by their God.”
Marina of the Zabbaleen explores the world of seven-year-old Marína in the Muqqattam recycling village in Cairo, Egypt. An impressionistic portrait of childhood, family, and the minority Coptic Christian community in Egypt, the film also tells the story the resourceful Zabbaleen, minority Copt recyclers whose entrepreneurial waste management system was producing one of the highest recycling rates in the world. Praised by many important critics and institutions for its humanistic approach and cultural insights, Marína of the Zabbaleen is one of very few existing works documenting the minority Coptic Christian culture as it existed just prior to The Arab Spring and Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
Film Info -- 2009, 70 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles.
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