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Director, Mai Islander's "GARBAGE DREAMS," streaming free on Facebook in honor of Earth Day, 4/21/2011, follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is home to 60,000 Zaballeen (or Zabbaleen), Arabic for “garbage people.” Far ahead of any modern “Green” initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80% of the garbage they collect.  Face to face with the globalization of their trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. UCLA professor, attorney and activist, Priscilla Ocen, discusses race, gender and mass incarceration as affects black women and girls; Chef Billy of Divine Raw Foods discusses his paradigm shift to a healthier lifestyle with "living foods." He will tell us about his cooking demonstration April 21, 4:00-5:30 PM @ Mandela Foods Co-op 1430 7th St., West Oakland. It is free  & open to everyone. We close with director, Phil Bertelsen, whose 2008 documentary work: "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Beyond the Steps" premieres on the Doc.Channel, April 26, 8 PM, PT/ET.  BEYOND THE STEPS captures the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of America’s oldest modern dance companies and most beloved cultural institutions, at a pivotal time in its history. By following today’s Ailey dancers it tells the story of what it takes to keep dance modern, art relevant, and a legacy alive. After 45 years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater finds a place to call home in midtown Manhattan, the building enormous --literally transparent: the community can see inside the structure & imagine itself also moving. The new space is a physical representation of the Ailey philosophy.

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