Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'Zaballeen'

Dreaming of Garbage

On Saturday I attended a screening of the film Garbage Dreams at the Chicago Cultural Center. The film is a gentle portrait of three young men who are learning the traditional garbage collecting trade of the Zaballeen, the waste...

Cairo's Trash Collectors

Margaret sends this link to a photo essay about the trash collectors of Cairo. The Zabaleen, or "Garbage People" in Arabic, are a sort of lower caste who perform the vital task of removing much of the city's detritus....