Eriss Khajira (27 years) was born on the largest dumpsite of East Africa: the Dandora dumpsite. It houses thousands of people, who fill their days scavenging through the waste of Nairobi’s residents. Khajira goes back to the place of her youth to portray her old friends and their dreams and sorrows. A story of African poverty from the inside.
Written and directed by Anne van Campenhout and Eriss Khajira. Edited by Anne van Campenhout. Broadcasted by EO-IKON.
After the film was broadcasted in the Netherlands, viewers donated € 3500 so co-director Eriss Kharija could finish her film studies. The film was bought by the Taiwanese filmstation DaAi TV. It was selected for NPO Sales 2014, IDFA Docs for Sale 2014 and World International Film Festival 2015, which is a global industry event held around the year in the cities New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brisbane, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and Vienna. Dusty Bin Dreams won the Parda Award for Best Competing Film on International Cape Verde Film Festival 2015.
This intense, original documentary Dusty Bin Dreams stands as a brave and uncompromising film. Silent and hidden behind her camera, Eriss explores the absurdity of poverty. Dusty Bin Dreams is not a classical documentary. Eriss’ poetic visual style is very much in keeping with Samuel Beckett’s existentialist approach to theatre, or Thomas Eliot’s Waste Land, […] avoiding all the clichés of documentary cinema.” – CinéWomen
Omdat Khajira geen buitenstaander is wint zij het vertrouwen van de mensen die zij filmt. En dat levert prachtig materiaal op, over de mensen die hun geld verdienen door rond te snuffelen op een enorme berg vuil.” – De Correspondent