Love, Dad

Published on January 23, 2017 by techtica

On the outskirts of Cairo, lies an entire city made out of, and built on top of discarded trash. It’s home to the Zabaleen – ‘people of the garbage’ – who collect, and recycle everything from old food, plastic wrappers, tires, to aluminum cans. Each family has a specific role, from the smallest child to the oldest grandparent, sorting the waste and continuing the family business. 25 years ago, A woman named Maggie Groban, known as ‘Mama Maggie,’ did something unexpected. She started a school right in the heart of Garbage City. A first for the Zabaleen. Suddenly, families had a hard choice to make. One that would surely cost them immediate profit loss by not putting the kids to work. However, a few brave parents took a risk – and put their kids in school.

In collaboration with Bittersweet Foundation
Director, DP, Editor:
Brandon Bray
Executive Producer:
Kate Schmidgall
2nd Camera Operator, Associate Producer:
Stephen Jeter
Kate Schmidgall
Assistant Camera Operator, US
Joey Diaz
Still Photography:
Stephen Jeter
Dave Schmidgall
Production Company
Max LL, “The Wild”
Chad Lawson, “Restless One”
Managing Director, DECADE:
Bailey Skiles
Managing Director, Bittersweet Creative:
Dave Baker
Young Girl:
Medical Student:
Basma Rizk
Father & Aluminum Worker:
Special Thanks:
Marty Makary
Mama Maggie
Emad Ibrahem
Maha Victor
Freefly Systems
Cairo Fixers:
Makarios Nassar

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