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FISH

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FISH
Dir: Saman Hosseinpuor
Iran / 2016 / 4 min. / VO sin diálogos

SYNOPSIS

An old couple is living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The lady wants to change the fishbowl’s water but it slips out of her hand and falls on the ground. They’ve ran out of water […]

THE PAINTINGS

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THE PAINTINGS
Dir: Baran M. Reihani
IrAn / 2016 / 16 min. / No dialogues

SYNOPSIS

An animation about a painter who sees the world by colors and paintings. She cares about news of war and somehow lives within it. All characters and backgrounds are drawn Guernica’s mood. Floor, roof and in-fired windows are the same. Other parts have […]

DESERT FIRE

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DESERT FIRE
Dir: Sebastien Rabas, Jack Losh
Iraq,Georgia,UK / 2016 / 25 min. / Sorani, English with English, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

The dreams of a stateless people seen through the eyes of the Kurdistan football team as they compete at the ‘rebel world cup’ for nations without an official homeland.

TELL THEM I AM EXIST

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TELL THEM I AM EXIST
Dir: Manue Mosset

France / 2016 / 62 min. / French, English, Arabic with English, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Tell them I exist paints the portraits of Naâma Asfari, a Sahrawi jurist and pro-independence activist sentenced to 30 years detention in Morocco; and of his wife, Claude Mangin, who from prison visits to diplomatic meetings, […]

WAR OF PEACE

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WAR OF PEACE
Dir: Aicha Babait
Western Sahara / 2016 /28 min. / Arabic with English subtitles

SYNOPSIS

This film is about the suffering of Sahrawi youth in the occupied Western Sahara. It tells the tragic story of their lives under occupation, and how Moroccan authorities push them to risk their lives and leave their homeland on flimsy boats […]

MORE THEN HOME

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MORE THAN HOME
Dir: Adam Vannord, Mohamedsalem Werad
Western Sahara / 2016 / 5 min. / English with Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

In the aftermath of the heavy rain that hit Saharawi refugee camps in October, 2015. A team from United States travelled to Dakhla, the most affected camp, to rebuild the home of a single mother whose house […]

HANGING FROM THE BRIDGE

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HANGING FROM THE BRIDGE
Dir: Hassan Kaddour

Dir: Hassan Kaddour
Algeria / 2015 / 62 min. / Arabic, French

SYNOPSIS

Louis Regis is a French poet, writer and traveler who travels to the city of Constantinople and surrounding areas, sent as an explorer by the colonia administration at the end of the 18th Century. Through his journey we discover the […]

YELLOW BRICK ROAD

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YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Dir: Eloy Domínguez Serén
Sweden, Spain/ 2015 / 14 min. / Arabic with English, Spanish

SYNOPSIS

The camera wanders around old spellbinding cars in the Sahara desert. Two playful and witty little boys show up and alter the course of events. From then on, Hamdi and Ali will take the reins of this film.

FORGOTTEN BIRD OF PARADISE

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FORGOTTEN BIRD OF PARADISE
Dir: Dominic Brown
British / 2009 / 26 min. / English, Lani with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Multi-award winning undercover documentary about the ongoing struggle for freedom being fought by the people of West Papua living under Indonesian colonial rule.

 

A PERFECT DAY

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A PERFECT DAY
Dir: Fernando León de Aranoa
Spain / 2015 / 106 min. / Spanish, English, French, Serbian, Bosnian with English, Arabic, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS
The story is set in Bosnia in 1995, where a group of aid workers try to remove a corpse from a well to decontaminate its water and provide for the local population. The […]

OMAR

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OMAR
Dir: Hany Abu-Assad
Palestine / 2013 / 97 min. / Arabic, Hebrew with English, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS

A tense, gripping tale of betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. By day, Omar is a baker who must routinely climb over the separation wall, dodging bullets, to be with Nadia, the love of his life. By night, […]

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

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WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Dir: Nadine Labaki
France, Lebanon/ 2011 / 110 min. / Arabic, English, Russian with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights and misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to […]

SONITA

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SONITA
Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Germany, Switzerland, Iran / 2005 / 170 min. / English, Persian, Dari with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Sonita is an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the suburbs of Tehran. She fights to live the way she wants: As a rapper in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative […]

EYE AND MERMAID

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EYE AND MERMAID
Dir: Shahad Ameen
Saudi Arabia / 2014 / 14 min. / Arabic with English, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Burning with curiosity about where her father finds the stunning black pearls he regularly brings back from his fishing trips, young Hanan trails the men when they set out to sea.

SOLOMON´S STONE

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SOLOMON´S STONE
Dir: Ramzi Maqdisi
Palestine, Spain / 2015 / 25 min. / Arabic, English with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS
Hussein, a Palestinian young man, receives a letter from the Israeli post office to appear in person to receive a package. He has to pay the sum of US$20,000 in order to collect that package. Hussein’s curiosity to […]

PRISIONERO 345

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PRISIONER 345
Dir: Abdallah El Binni
Qatar / 2006 / 53 min. / Arabic, English with English, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS
A documentary about Sami Al Haj, a cameraman for Al Jazeera, who was arrested at the Afghan-Pakistani border and held in Guantanamo Bay without trial.

AMAZONIA VOICES

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AMAZONIA VOICES
Dir: Lamia Chraibi, Margerie David y Lucile Alemany
France, Ecuador / 2015 / 52 min. / Spanish, English, Kichwa with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS
Amazonia, Ecuador. In Sarayaku, Yasuni and Lago Agrio – a region devastated by the Chevron Texaco corporation -, several indigenous communities are still trying to make their voices heard. Denouncing the social, […]

OUT OF FRAME

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OUT OF FRAME
Dir: Riham Ghazali

Palestine  / 2012 / 11 min. / Arabic with English, Spanish subtitles
SYNOPSIS

Ibaa and Rihaf are two Gazan young women who grew up dreaming of a society in which they can be part of its hopes and aspirations. But the two of them clash head-on with a reality harder and more cruel […]

TRESOR AND THE CAMP MUSICIANS

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TRESOR AND THE CAMP MUSICIANS
Dir: Neil Shaw
Republic of Malawi / 2015 / 25 min. / French, Swahili, Chichewa with English, Arabic, Spanish subtitles.

SYNOPSIS
Tresor Nzengu (Menes) era un exitoso artista de hip hop en la República Democrática del Congo. Sus letras hacían una fuerte crítica al gobierno y por ello se vio obligado a dejar el […]

CONCERNING VIOLENCE

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CONCERNING VIOLENCE
Dir: Göran Olsson

Sweden, Finland, Denmark, USA / 2014 / 78 min. / Spanish, Arabic, English without subtitles

SYNOPSIS

This film takes us through the nationalist and independence movements against colonialism in South Africa during the 1960s and 70s.

I’M TINY

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I’M TINY
Dir: Agustín Domínguez (Gran Angular film collective)
Spain / 2015 / 7 min. / Spanish with Arabic, English subtitles

SYNOPSIS

As I´m tiny, the night seems to dark to me, so I swicht on the light in case the wardrobe monster is scared.

 

ALLEGORIA

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ALLEGORIA
Dir: Nobilis Bellator
Spain / 2016 / 7 min. / Arabic with English, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS

The film is an allegorical representation of a very old historical icehouse that has become a monument and is given a human conscience thru the poem of Noufel Bouzeboudjawith narration by Rafik Sahali in Arabic. ALLEGORIA is a call for the protection […]

PORTRAIT

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PORTRAIT
Dir: Ahmed O. Abdalahee

Western Sahara / 2016 / 14 min. / Arabic with Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS

28-year-old Azman, a student in the film school Abidin Kaid Saleh, explains how he discovered film in the Sahrawi refugee camps.

A HOPEFUL JOURNEY

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A HOPEFUL JOURNEY
Dir: Hayetna Mohamed Deidi

Western Sahara / 2016 / 20 min. / Arabic with Spanish subtitles
SYNOPSIS

A documentary on the health issues in the Sahrawi refugee camps. A population that lives in exile with little medical resources. People with severe conditions are forced to transfer to Algiers, the capital of Algeria, which has hosted […]

ABIDIN KAID SALEH Film School

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AHMED’S MOTHER
Dir: Mansura Blal

Western Sahara (2016) 10′ | Arabic with English, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS: Ahmed a younth sahrawi come back to refugee camps after several years living in Spain

 

THE BUTCHER
Dir: Taher Mulay Zain

Western Sahara (2016) 2’ | Arabic with Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS: The daily life of a butcher in the Sahrawi refugee camps.

 

THE NIGHTMARE

Dir: Azman Mohamed […]

LEYUAD

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LEYUAD
Dir: Gonzalo Moure Trenor, Brahim Chagaf, Inés G. Aparicio

Western Sahara / 2016 / 74 min. / Arabic, Spanish  with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS
“Traveling is giving up something to find something new.”

Liman Boisha, a Saharaui poet living in Madrid, feels that he has turned “dry of the Sahara”, and travels to western Sahara to  regain inspiration for his verses.

There, […]

KAFANA (ENOUGH, ALREADY!)

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KAFANA (ENOUGH, ALREADY!)
Dir: Juan Antonio Moreno, Silvia Venegas

Spain / 2015 / 54 min. / Spanish, Arabic with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles
SYNOPSIS

After more than 40 years of forced exile in the Algerian desert, they have kept their identity alive and they have built up a State that only lacks its own territory, Western Sahara. They […]

BATTALION TO MY BEAT

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BATTALION TO MY BEAT
Dir: Eimi Imanishi
USA, Algeria, Western Sahara / 2016 / 14 min. / Arabic with English, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS
Dreaming of a life beyond the confines of the Western Saharan refugee camps in Algeria, Mariam runs away to join the military in the middle of the desert, naively envisioning herself a Jeanne D’Arc who will […]

GURBA, THE CONDEMNED

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GURBA, THE CONDEMNED
Dir: Miguel Ángel Tobías

Spain / 2014 / 70 min. / Arabic, Spanish, English with Spanish, English, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Siya, Dumaha, Mata and Aziz are Saharawi refugees that live in camps in Tindouf (Algeria). They show us the daily extreme harshness of an exile that lasts for 40 years. We can discover the unknown reality […]

WORDS OF CARAMEL

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WORDS OF CARAMEL
Dir: Juan Antonio Moreno
Spain / 2016 / 20 min. / Silent film

SYNOPSIS

In a refugee camp in the Sahara desert lives a deaf boy who wish to learn how to write. Welcome to Kori and his friend the camel Caramel’s silent world.

MISSION: SAHARA

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MISSION: SAHARA
Dir: Arturo Dueñas
Spain / 2015 / 53 min. / Spanish, French, Arabic with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

On 1976 twenty thousand Spaniards left the last European colony in Africa, and thousands of Saharawi’s are abandoned to their fate. Forty years have gone by and Western Sahara has become a forgotten conflict. This film offers an […]

THE DESERT OF THE DESERT

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THE DESERT OF THE DESERT
Dir: Samir Abujamra, Tito González García
Brazil, Western Sahara / 2016 / 86 min. / Arabic, English, Spanish, Portuguese with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SINOPSIS

Documentary about one of the longest-running and least-known colonial conflicts and the plight of the Saharawi desert nomads of Western Sahara since Morocco’s 1975 invasion.
Shot in the Saharawi […]

TIME ZERO

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TIME ZERO.  WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WAITING IN THE SAHARA?
Dir: Ileana Landeros Casillas
Mexico, Western Sahara / 2016 / 25 min. / Arabic, Spanish with English, Spanish subtitles

SINOPSIS

The documentary reflects the voices and photographic looks Saharawi women because they are the protagonists of this project allows us to see between the lines injustices and gaps […]

RIFLES OR GRAFFITI

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RIFLES OR GRAFFITI
The nonviolent way of the Sahrawi people
Dir: Jordi Oriola Folch
Spain / 2016 / 52 min. / Arabic, Spanish, French, Catalan  with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Many Saharawis are claiming to return to war in order to break the impasse of wainting during 40 years. However, the Sahrawi nonviolent activists argue that they are pushing […]

SKEIKIMA

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SKEIKIMA
Dir: Lucía Callén, Raquel Larrosa, María Alonso
Spain, Western Sahara / 2016 / 14 min. / Arabic, Spanish, with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

How would you claim your identity in a hostile land? How could you live under harassment and repression ? How would you make your voice break through the walls of silence?

Sahrawi young people living […]

MALAÏKA, THE PRINCESS

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MALAÏKA, THE PRINCESS
Dir: Lizardo Carvajal
Colombia / 2013 / 9 min. / Spanish without subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Malaïka is an African princess who goes on a long journey to find water with her parade of elephants. During this quest, she learns about life and death.

WOODEN HAND

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WOODEN HAND
Dir: Kaouther Ben Hania
France, Tunisia / 2013 / 23 min. / Arabic with English, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Five-year-old Amira doesn’t like Koranic school. To avoid going, she has an unstoppable idea that goes beyond her expectations.

BUNTY & BABLY

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BUNTY & BABLI
Dir: Shaad Ali

India / 2005 / 170 min. / Hindi, English with English, Spanish, Arabic subtitles

SYNOPSIS

Rakesh and Vimmi meet at a train station while they are both running away from the pressures of their family to pursue their dreams. They support each other in their pursuits and become con artists together to raise […]

DESERT DANCER

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DESERT DANCER
Dir: Richard Raymond
UK, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Morocco / 2014 / 104 min. / English with Arabic, Spanish subtitles

SYNOPSIS

A group of young dancers fight for their dreams in Iran where it is forbidden to dance by forming an underground dance company. Together they train and learn from Youtube videos to then organize a performance […]