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The Western Sahara - Seminar and Movie


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• A Afrikagrupperna & UF Malmö Event •

On March 27th, Afrikagrupperna and UF Malmö invite you to a seminar with Rabab Amidane, a freedom fighter from the Western Sahara, and the screening of the documentary short film 3 Stolen Cameras. Film producer Alex Veitch from RåFILM will be present and available for questions.

• Seminar on Western Sahara •
The members of video activist group, Equipe Media, fight to keep their cameras. They use them to document the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights in Africa’s last colony – Western Sahara.

No journalists are allowed entry and the only images that find their way out of the territory are the ones Equipe Media manages to film in secret, hiding on roof tops and risking severe consequences. They film police and military attacks on peaceful demonstrations as well as testimonies of violence that Saharawis are exposed to in their everyday life.

This is a story about breaking an absolute censorship with unique footage from an area where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.

We also get a chance to listen to Rabab Amidan, who speaks on behalf of the Sahrawi association in Sweden VGS. Rabab is a Sahrawi student and human rights activist. She has over the years conducted a non-violent struggle for Western Sahara’s self-determination and Saharawi student rights. With help from international human rights organizations, she spread videos and photos documenting Moroccan human rights violations on the Sahrawi population. Amidan and her family have been imprisoned and detained for their political activities and the Moroccan police have raided their home many times. Rabab has been awarded the Student Peace Prize and the Ordfront Democracy prize for her human rights work.

• Movie Screening - 3 Stolen Cameras •

Website: http://www.3stolencameras.com/
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/221398816

The film is directed and produced by Equipe Media and RåFILM.

Equipe Media was founded in 2009 to document and spread information about the oppression of the Sahrawi people by the Moroccan occupiers. Their activities are criminalized by Morocco and they are one of very few groups to get information out of the occupied territories since journalists are not permitted to visit.

Their members have been imprisoned, tortured, beaten and have lost their employments because of their activism. Today the group has around 25 members and 3 of them are imprisoned. Banbari Mohamed sentenced to 6 years of prison, Bachir Khada sentenced to 20 years of prison and Lekhfaouni Abdaiahi sentenced to life in prison.
Website: www.emsahara.com

RåFILM is a Swedish collective of filmmakers that connect film and activism. Through collaboration they facilitate the production of films that address social issues and have a critical approach.
Website: www.rafilm.se

Fika will be provided at 17:00, the event starts at 17:15.
Bring your own cup for coffee and tea and reduce waste! :)

Free entrance!

This lecture is hosted in cooperation with Folkuniversitetet.