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theartsdesk in Western Sahara: The World's Most Remote Film Festival

theartsdesk in Western Sahara: The World's Most Remote Film Festival

FiSahara takes place in a refugee camp in the Algerian desert

At FiSahara, films are screened at night in the centre of the camp onto a multiplex-sized screenAlberto Almayer

During the 1960s, when decolonisation movements were sweeping the world, it was joked that, after achieving independence, a country had to do three things: design a flag, launch an airline and found a film festival. Western Sahara has a flag but no airline and, despite a 35-year struggle, has yet to achieve independence. The closest Western Sahara comes to its own film festival is the Sahara International Film Festival (known as FiSahara), the world's most remote film festival, whose eighth edition took place this month in a refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert.

One day, caught in a sandstorm, it becomes very clear why the area is known locally as the Devil’s Garden

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it is right when Bardem said that whenever he leave the refugee camps he get new lessons, I think that when asking the Saharawi people between leaving in this inhospitable desert, they will answer "we prefer to die behind sands than to live under Moroccan occupation" keep raising awareness about the Saharawi people because it is your duty as journalists to bringing to light a bunch of suffering of this people. long living for those who are defending rights of the people of Western Sahara.

If you might be interested in coming along to FiSahara 2012 or you have a film you would like to be considered for next years programme please contact me or visit

lovely job"re not only preserving the heritage of a nation forced to exile, but also preserving the real values of Europe and guiding your own people to the true values of existence:Defending law and justice, ans still the Sahrawis are giving us an incredible lesson in how dignity is to be in the first place, bread comes at the end

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