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Life Is Waiting
Running Time: 60 minutes
Country: Western Sahara
Language: Hassaniya Arabic, Spanish, English, French
Venue: Bay Model [210 Brdge Way, Sausalito]
Cast: Mahmud Bahia Awah, Limam Boicha, Djmi El Ghalia, Mariem Hassan
Showtime: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 @ 06:00 PM
Director: Iara Lee
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
Life Is Waiting chronicles the conflict over self-determination in Western Sahara. Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in the territory of Western Sahara, the end of European rule only gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. Forty years later, the world continues to look the other way as the Sahrawi people face arrests, torture, and disappearances for demanding their independence.
What will it take for the people of Western Sahara to reverse decades of broken promises and gain their freedom? What lessons does Sahrawi resistance offer for nonviolent movements around the world? In Life Is Waiting, join an incredible cast of Sahrawi activists and artists as they offer their answers.
Colonialism and Western Sahara Background:
"Western Sahara has been on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories since 1963. In 1975, Spain relinquished administrative control of the territory to a joint administration by Morocco (which had formally claimed the territory since 1957) and Mauritania. A war erupted between those countries and the Sahrawi national liberation movement, the Polisario Front. The Polisario proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) with a government-in-exile in Tindouf, Algeria. Mauritania withdrew in 1979. Morocco eventually secured effective control of most of the territory, including all the major cities and natural resources."
Festivals & Awards:
- Best Documentary, Zimbabwe International Film Festival
- Best Mid-Length Film, Tirana International Documentary Film Festival
- Best Mid-Length Film, Pukañawi Festival Internacional de Cine
- World Award of Merit, World Film Awards
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