Please note, due to circumstances out of our control we will no longer be screening Lost Land as previously advertised.
The Problem: Testimony of the Saharawi People (15)
Nearly five years in the making, this gripping doc lifts the lid on what has been termed “Africa’s last colony”. Known as The Spanish Sahara under colonization from 1885 to 1975, when Spain left the Western Sahara in 1975, Morocco began its occupation with the so-called “Green March”, re-colonising the territory and disregarding UN calls for a referendum on self-determination. Morocco’s occupation, and the Saharawi people’s resistance to it, continues to this day. While the Polisaro Front heads the political and armed struggle from without, those living under occupation face draconian suppression of their cultural identity. As even uttering the name “Western Sahara” or the word “referendum” can incur terrible recriminations, most to refer to the situation simply as “The Problem”.
This multi-award-winning doc casts urgent light on this forgotten colonial conflict, on the war being waged against the Saharawi nation’s political and cultural identity, and on the plight and courage of those who dare to resist.
2010 Dirs Jordi Ferrer & Pablo Vidal 82 min. Screened in Digibeta.
The Problem will be followed by a Q&A addressing current developments in the Saharawi struggle for self-determination. The panel includes Jeffrey Smith, John Gurr and Danielle Smith and is hosted by Saeed Farouky.
Part of Palestine Film Festival 2012
* Locally classified
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