Her excellency Omeima Abdeslam, Swiss representative of Sahrawis by the UN, endorses the online premiere of the film, which is slated for September 2019.
To stimulate the global publics and “anyone interested” in Sahrawis’ plight, Pavel Borecký and the film collaborators will release the film for a limited period of time to support the demining campaign in Western Sahara.
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The Leipzig-based organisation “Zentrum für Europäische und Orientalische Kultur” (ZEOK e.V.) provides students of Arabic language with the learning opportunity and “solidarity exchange”. The aim of ZEOK is “to increase mutual understanding and to present and cultivate the common cultural heritage in all its diversity.”
The Western Sahara International Academic Observatory (OUISO) aims to produce and to exchange knowledge about the historical, social, economic and political dynamics of the region of Western Sahara in order to understand the context for the Sahrawi diaspora.
“This observatory is administratively located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Sorbonne University, but it is composed of a large international group of associated members. Its objective is to respond to the need for rigorous analysis and information about Western Sahara.”
Since 2010, the international media project “gives the voice” to the people.
“Saharawi Voice” is a blog designed to let people know what happened in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, why half of the population lives in refugee camps in southern Algeria and who are the Saharawi people.
Ever since The Green March of 350 000 Moroccan citizens to Western Sahara in 1975, which, effectively, started the territorial occupation, the extraction and export of natural resources were in the spotlight of the sultan. No surprise. All wars go ultimately down to money.
Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), the international network of organisations and activists, aims to preserve the natural resources in occupied Western Sahara for the usage of its people. The network demands foreign companies to leave Western Sahara until the solution to the conflict is found because “entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government.”
A documentary film that offers a look at how the colonization of Western Sahara has left nearly 200,000 people living in refugee camps.
Born to challenge the complacent position of Spanish government towards human rights abuses perpetrated by Moroccan ally, “Sons of Clouds”, film by Álvaro Longoria presents Javier Bardem as a narrator and spokesperson of Sahrawis. Watch the recent documentary film online.
The 10th edition of the anthropological film festival “Antropofest” featured “In the Devil’s Garden”.
On December 12 I came to realise the inconvenient truth: “In 2019 it will be 10 years since I screened my student film “Gaj” in Prague at Antropofest. Five years later I wrote a controversial article which stirred a debate within (visual) anthropology circles. Its tone should have been different, yet I still think the text was of some value for collective reflection on the festival’s trajectory. In January 2019, I will be coming “home” with “In the Devil’s Garden”. It gives me goosebumps to see that both festival and myself are still out there, trying to do what we love the best way we can.”
The festival opened with a ludicrous performance of the chief festival designer Bohdan Heblík. Reading ready-made poems, cut out of 10 years of email exchanges with Antropofest team, Bohdan exploited his sense of irony and good-mannered humour that marked 10 years of no-budget collaboration (too bad no one recorded it).
The globally-respected NGO, which sets standards for human rights movement as a whole, pays close attention to the situation of Sahrawis.
Amnesty overview: “Journalists and protesters calling for social justice and political rights were imprisoned, often following unfair trials. Judicial authorities did not adequately investigate reports of torture in detention. Impunity persisted for past human rights violations. Migrants continued to face excessive force and detention. Courts imposed death sentences; there were no executions.”
An “In the Devil’s Garden” collaborator, Yolanda Schröder, presents her multimedia graduate project “Unity in Exile”.
“Since generations, the native population of occupied Western Sahara grows up in refugee camps in the Algerian desert, constantly being reminded of their dependence on international aid and media coverage. The film examines the ways that Sahrawis become part of a nation in exile that ultimately aims for independence. Secondly, it illustrates different perceptions of home: can home be found in the displacement itself?”
Yolanda Schröder finished her Master studies in Visual Anthropology at Aarhus University in 2017. The film debut is a part of her thesis: „Unity in Exile. The Practice of Homeland and Nation Amongst Young Sahrawis in Exile.