Dusty Bin Dreams

Eriss Khajira (1987) was born on the largest dumpsite of East Africa: the Dandora dumpsite in Kenya. Thousands of people live on this dumpsite, scavenging through the waste of Nairobi’s residents. Khajira goes back to the place of her youth and to her old friends. Among them are Textbook who is soon to be a father, handyman Goko who wants to organise the Dusty Bin and rapper Mavoke who is working on his musical breakthrough. The result is a shocking documentary that shows the dreams and the sorrows of Khajira's slum neighbours. 'Dusty Bin Dreams' tells the story of African poverty from the inside: a story of hope, friendship, despair and betrayal.


  • Length: 55'00
  • Directors: Eriss Khajira and Anne van Campenhout
  • Camera: Eriss Khajira and Thomas Onyiego
  • Editor: Anne van Campenhout
  • Producer: Nairobi Community Media House
  • Broadcaster: Evangelische Omroep
  • Website: www.dustybindreams.com


  • NPO 2, 17.09.2014 (Dutch National Television)
  • DaAi TV, 31.01.2017 (Taiwan National Television)


  • Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival, Kisumu, Kenya, 11.2017 - semi finalist
  • Afrika Filmfestival, Leuven, BE, 04.2017
  • Taiwan Int. Ethnographic Film Festival, Taipei, Taiwan, 11.2015
  • Out of Africa Int. Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya, 10.2015
  • EKO Int. Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, 10.2015
  • Silicon Valley African Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, 10.2015
  • Cabo Verde Int. Film Festival, Santa Maria, Cabo Verde, 10.2015 - winner
  • Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya, 05.2015


  • World Int. Film Festival 2015, a global industry event held around the year in the world biggest cities: New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brisbane, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and Vienna
  • NPO Sales 2014 and 2015
  • IDFA Docs for Sale 2014


Parda Award for Best Competing Film - Int. Cape Verde Film Festival 2015

"Dusty Bin Dreams wins International Cape Verde Film Festival. The film was considered the best among half a hundred films selected for the sixth edition, for which more than two thousand films were entered." - Ocean Press 10.2015

In the media

Interview with the directors - CinéWomen 2015 Edition

"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."

Wie zijn de mensen die wonen en werken op een berg vuilnis? - De Correspondent, 09.2014

"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."