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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

My name is Jesus. I am a refugee!

They Raped me and Impaled - Lucía Pérez

Lucía Pérez was reportedly picked up outside her school in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, some 300 kilometers south of the capital of Buenos Aires, on October 8. She was then drugged, gang raped, and allegedly penetrated with a wooden pole. Her killers then washed her, changed her clothes and took her to a medical center, alleging she had suffered an overdose. She died in hospital.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Aya Hijazi #FreeAya

October 17, 2016 marks the 900th day that Aya Hijazi has been held in pretrial detention in Egypt. Follow and share your support on that day through Facebook, Twitter, and by signing our petition.

Aya Hijazi, an American-Egyptian and long committed to social justice and community service, founded the volunteer-based NGO Belady (“My Country”) with her Egyptian husband Mohammed Hassanein in Cairo in September 2013 to educate, provide temporary housing, and ultimately reunite street children with their families.

They funded the new foundation by foregoing a honeymoon and a formal wedding ceremony.

In accordance with the law, Aya and Mohammed applied to the Ministry of Social Solidarity to register Belady as a legally recognized nonprofit, submitting necessary paperwork to the Egyptian government by December 2013 to fulfill all necessary requirements to begin operation.

On May 1, 2014, the Egyptian police raided the Belady premises and conducted a warrantless arrest of Aya, her husband, two other volunteers, and all the street children who were present. Four other volunteers were arrested later. Only one of them has been released from detention in the last 900 days.

Egyptian law provides that the maximum period of time that a person may be held in temporary detention is two years. For Aya, her husband, and two of the other defendants, that period expired on May 1, 2016.

Aya was charged on September 8, 2014 and is facing seven false charges.
Human trafficking of minors
Indecent assault of minors
Sexual exploitation of minors
Kidnaping and exploitation of minors
Unlawful detention and torture of minors
Facilitating and inciting sexual deviation and exploitation
Illegal formation of the Belady Foundation

Aya and Mohamed are facing a maximum sentence of life in prison. Their next hearing is on November 19, 2016.

Sign our petition now to call for Aya and Mohamed’s release.

900 days in prison #FreeAya

Aya Hijazi, Mohamed Hassanein (Aya’s husband), and 5 other volunteers have been in prison for 900 days. Their crime: starting the Belady Foundation that was helping street children. Slammed with bogus, false, and ridiculous charges, they have been held in detention for beyond the two-year legal maximum permitted by Egypt’s own law.

This is a particularly important subject in my own life and I found it strangely interesting that three years after I left Egypt to become a lawyer to help street children, I ended up working my first job on protecting a young woman who was doing exactly the same thing, helping Egypt’s children.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Obsessed Citizens - Ai Weiwei

- I call on people to be 'obsessed citizens,' forever questioning and asking for accountability. That's the only chance we have today of a healthy and happy life.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

36 drawings for FiSahara - International Film Festival

“Cinema for the Sahrawi People” uses film to entertain, convey knowledge and empower refugees from the Western Sahara, who have lived in exile in remote camps in Southwestern Algeria since 1975.

The project consists of an annual human rights film and cultural festival and a year-round film school.

The Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara) brings screenings, roundtables, film workshops and many other cultural events to the camps every year. Filmmakers, artists, human rights defenders, journalists and others from all over the world visit the camps and interact with the local population. Continue

The Abidin Kaid Saleh audiovisual school provides hands-on training to young refugees so that they can tell their own stories and create educational and cultural films for their communities. Experienced filmmakers teach modules focused on storytelling, screenwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and other filmmaking specialties.

Lucía Callén, Raquel Larrosa and María Alonso - Skeikima

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 at the Occupied Territories (O.T) are required to study at the occupying country.

But a river resonates all over the desert…

Lizardo Carvajal - Malaika la princesa

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.

Kaouther Ben Hania - Peau de colle

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

Shaad Ali - Bunty & Babli

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 money for themselves, but it’s not long until they attract the attention of ACP Dashrath Singh who chases them across India.

Richard Raymond - Desert Dancer

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 in the middle of the desert.

Jordi Oriola Folch - Rifles or Graffiti

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 Morocco to an untenable position. For them, the nonviolent action and the respect of human rights make Sahrawis part of the new world that is coming and also they are building a sane society. The documentary explores this debate with activists of the refugee camps and of the Occupied Territories.

Ileana Landeros Casillas - Tiempo cero

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 in a decadent international system and little bit attached to reality, however, they are also women who with their example remind us that even in the injustices, despair and deprivation there is hope and dreams do not end.

Samir Abujamra and Tito González García - The Desert of the Desert

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 Liberated Territories of Western Sahara, and in the Saharawi Refugee Camps in Tindouf, Algeria, the film shows the saga of the Sahrawis, their struggle to regain their homeland and the sad paradox of a nomadic people forced to live in confinement.

Arturo Dueñas - Misiòn: Sàhara

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 original point of view: the version of the conflict from the opposition to the regime within the occupying power, Morocco, and the odyssey of a group of young people to achieve these testimonies, while trying to reach the capital of the Occupied Territories, El-Aaiun.

Juan Antonio Moreno - Palabras de caramelo

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.

Miguel Ángel Tobías - Gurba

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 of torture, mines and maimed people, child malnutrition or mental illnesses that plague the Saharawi people, who are condemned to live away from their homeland.

Eimi Imanishi - Batallòn a mi ritmo

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 liberate her country from occupation.

Juan Antonio Moreno and Silvia Venegas - Kafana

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 are the only refugees to organize themselves and they have created in the refugee camps a State based on universal health care and education, nevertheless this current situation is not sustainable anymore. They are racing against the clock, that is why they want to come back home now.

Gonzalo Moure Trenor, Brahim Chagaf, Inés G. Aparicio - Leyuad

“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, Hamida Abdullah, tells him about the trip they made together with the philosopher Belga Mohamed Salem and the poet and erudite Bonnana Busseid to Leyuad, in the heart of the Tiris, the ancestral Land of the Men of the Book, the génesis of the identity of the Saharaui people, a road shown to them by Badi Mohamed Salem, the greatest of living Saharaui poets.

Mansura Blal - Ahmed's Mother

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

Hayetna Mohamed Deidi - El viaje de la esperanza

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 the refugees for over 40 years near the city of Tinduf. The refugees who need medical attention are treated in Algerian hospitals. After a long and tedious process, when Algerian doctors could no longer help them, Warda, Fatimetu, and Minetu travel to Asturias (Spain) to seek another type of treatment. There, they share the same roof, the same nostalgia, and the same wish: to return to their land, and with their people.

Ahmed O. Abdalahee - Retrato

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

Friday, 14 October 2016

Nobilis Bellator - Allegoria

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 of our night skies endangered by humans that make bad use of urban lighting which wastes tremendous amount of energy and contaminates the night skies.

Agustín Domínguez (Gran Angular film collective) - I'm Tini

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