Cairo – Garbage

Once upon a time there was a city that was neat and tidy. Once upon a time only 12 million people lived there. Today Cairo has a population estimated at 20 million and their garbage piles up in the streets. Nobody can keep up with the speed at which the city is growing. Everyone in Cairo has his views on garbage but nobody knows what to do about it. We meet the restaurant owner losing his customers because the pavement outside his establishment is covered in garbage. We follow a family in a garbage village, sorting out garbage, trying to use everything in order to save money for their son’s wedding.  You will meet the Italian garbage disposal operators brought in to get to grips with the sheer amount of garbage and to teach the city dwellers good garbage habits.

We discover how difficult it is just to change the habits of the inhabitants in one street in Cairo, and we can imagine how challenging it is to change the habits of one of the worlds biggest cities.

Cairo – Garbage is a portrait of the Cairo community as seen through its garbage.


Danish Documentary Production and Nimbus Film Presents

In collaboration with The Danish Filminstitute and DR TV.

In Co-production with Sundance Channel and NHK


Director: Mikala Krogh                                  Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær


Cinematographer: Sherief Elkatsha                 Interpreters and research: Laila Muhareb


Editors:Theis Schimdt / Marion Tour               Sound design and mix  : Kristian E. Eidnes


Composer: Joachim Holbek


Special thanks to:

Taher Hanafy, Ayman Samir Ezzat, Esmat Ismaeel Anwar,  Citizens in the Garbage Village, Deputy Mayor Mahmoud Yassin, President for CCBA, The Family of Hakim, The Family of  Khalil,  Pierluigi Tortorella, Salah Mohammed Abd El Naieem, Employees i Ama Arab, women and families i Al-Darb Al-Alhmar.