Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327, 1825 SW Broadway
Marína of the Zabbaleen is a cinematic documentary feature film that explores the world of seven-year-old Marína in the Muqqattam recycling village in Cairo, Egypt. An impressionistic portrait of childhood and family, the film also tells the story the resourceful Zabbaleen, a Coptic Christian community of recyclers whose entrepreneurial waste management system produces one of the highest recycling rates in the world
Directed by Engi Wassef
Featuring a discussion with Paul Rowe, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Geography, and Political and International Studies, Trinity Western University
Free & open to the public
Co-sponsored with the Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions & Mercy Corps
Presented with funding from the Portland State University Internationalization Minigrant Program
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
The medium of film offers incomparable insight into its subject. The Middle East Studies Center’s film series showcases the rich tradition of cinema in the Middle East and provides opportunities for audiences to view the region in new ways and to engage with potentially transformative ideas about the Middle East. The 2012-13 film series focuses on the theme, Being Young in the Middle East. March's screenings engage with 'Recycling in the Middle East'.