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FiSahara 2014: sharing Sahrawi stories at the world’s most remote film festival (The Guardian)

The festival programme included over 30 films from around the world including documentaries, animations, short films and blockbusters as well as several made by refugees themselves in the newly established refugee camp film school. While some films such as the Oscar-nominated Egyptian film The Square, reflected stories of hope and struggle, others were purely intended to entertain offering the refugees a glimpse of what lies beyond their desiccated desert horizons.

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In Pictures: Cannes of the desert (Aljazeera)

Far from the red-carpeted Mediterranean opulence of the Croisette, the Sahara International film festival, known as FiSahara, took place in a sun-baked refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert. What it may have lacked in glittering VIP premieres and champagne-fuelled yacht parties, FiSahara made up for in spades with dune parties, camel races and multiplex-sized screenings beneath the stars.
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Saharawi people celebrates 41th anniversary of launch of armed struggle (SPS)

The Saharawi people celebrates Tuesday the 41th anniversary of the launch of the armed struggle under the leadership of the Polisario Front, May 20, 1973, against the Spanish colonialism which in 1975 ceded Western Sahara to Morocco and Mauritania through the Tripartite Agreement of Madrid.
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Morocco should drop absurd charges against a journalist (the Washington Post)

It is obvious that the monarch fears unfettered journalism will raise uncomfortable questions about its rule. Such is the unspoken nightmare of autocrats everywhere. They fear a free press and open debate will undermine their legitimacy. Certainly, a free press can be prickly, unpredictable and independent, but bottling it up just leads to more pressure later on — and more doubts about legitimacy.

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