Screening of Eloy Domínguez Serén Hamada‘s new film, followed by a discussion at the Cinéma du Réel international film festival.
With humour, vitality and offbeat scenes, Hamada paints an unusual portrait of a group of young friends living in a refugee camp in the middle of the Sahara.
A minefield and the world’s second largest military wall separate them from their country – only the stories told by their parents are known to them. They are the Sahrawis and they were abandoned more than 40 years ago in this refugee camp in the middle of the desert, after being driven out by Morocco from Western Sahara. Trapped somewhere between life and death, Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher refuse to let themselves be defeated. They spend their days repairing cars that will get them nowhere, fighting in vain against political change and using their verve and creative strength to denounce the reality around them and push back the borders of the camp.
Eloy Domínguez Serén, born in Simes, Galicia, moved to Sweden in 2012. It was there that he made his first short film. Three years later, he made the feature film with No Cow on the Ice, which won awards in Toulouse, Filmadrid, Play-Doc, L’alternativa and Márgenes. His new documentary, Hamada, unveiled at the IDFA, won the prize for best Spanish film at the Gijón Film Festival. It is now in the Nordic Documentary section of the Gothenburg Festival. (Source: Cineuropa)
The screening will be followed by a debate with Sébastien Boulay, anthropologist and lecturer at the University of Paris-Descartes.
The screenings/discussions are free and open to all.