Middle East

Winner of Young Journalist Award

Abdelfattah Farag, director of Patience

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Image caption 'Patience' documents the day to day life of Saber, an Egyptian citizen, who is one of Cairo's growing number of unofficial garbage collectors. Directed by Abdelfattah Farag
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This film documents the day-to-day life of Saber (meaning 'patience' - an Egyptian citizen who is one of Cairo's unofficial garbage collectors. In central Cairo this growing community collects and delivers garbage for a living. The film follows 56-year-old Saber and his youngest son, who spends his days with his father surrounded by disease-threatening waste. Audiences are given an insight into Saber and his wife Fathia's dreams and accomplishments whilst also highlighting the extreme lack of support offered to them from the government. Besides looking at issues of intense poverty among Cairo society, Patience questions the absence of an adequate educational and medical system and what that means for individuals such as Saber and his family.

Director: Abdelfattah Farag is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has directed numerous documentaries focusing on community and humanitarian issues. His films have been shown at many documentary festivals around Egypt. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Media at Al-Azhar University, Cairo where he trained in the field of investigative journalism.

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Media caption'Patience' documents the day-to-day life of Saber, an Egyptian citizen, who is among the population of unofficial garbage collectors.