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Top 10 environmental documentaries of 2009

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'Garbage Dreams'

This award-winning documentary follows the lives of three Zaballeen — Arabic for “garbage people” — whose livelihood, sorting and recycling the trash of 18 million residents of Egypt’s capital city, is threatened when Cairo decides to privatize its garbage services. Director Mai Iksander'a documentary even caught the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which recently awarded the Spirit of Youth Association, where the boys receive training in the collection and reuse of trash, a $1 million grant.