Trashies make the Oscar shortlist

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In case you haven’t heard, Mai Iskander‘s film Garbage Dreams (about the Zabaleen people of Egypt and the challenges facing their trash picking community in this modern age) made the Oscar shortlist for documentaries. It is one of 15 films being considered for the honor. Among the 14 other films selected is The Beaches of Agnes by the legendary Agnès Varda who immortalized gleaners in her groundbreaking 2000 film Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse. That’s not one but two kick ass, trashy, female documentarians recognized in a single year. Not bad. Of course, since Varda’s current doc is about herself and not trash, per se, our allegiance lies with Iskander and the Zabaleen. Toes and fingers crossed…

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