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Exiled Saharawi refugees got the chance to rub shoulders with international filmmakers deep in the Algerian desert.
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As the great and the good of the world’s film industry descended on Cannes, earlier this month a very different film festival was coming to a climax deep in the Sahara desert.

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.

Now in its eleventh year, the FiSahara film festival attracted over 300 international actors, screen-writers and cinephiles, alongside thousands of Saharawi refugees exiled from their native Western Sahara for nearly four decades.


/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

The Sahara International film festival, known as FiSahara, took place in a sun-baked refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert.



/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara
Nearly 300 international actors and screen-writers attended alongside thousands of Saharawi refugees exiled from their native Western Sahara for nearly four decades.


/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara
Attendees met with refugee families, with whom they lived for five days, sleeping in their stucco-and-tented homes and sharing simple couscous meals and sweet tea.


/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

With temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit, screenings took place after dusk, in makeshift cinemas or projected onto a giant screen attached to the side of an articulated lorry.



/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara
Thirty international films were included as well as several made by refugees themselves in the newly established refugee camp film school.


/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara
While the films reflected stories of hope and struggle, others were purely intended to entertain, offering refugees a glimpse of what lies beyond their desiccated desert horizons.


/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

The festival's first prize - an actual white camel - was awarded to "Legna" an evocative documentary about the traditions of Saharawi poetry.



/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

As well as films and workshops the festival also offered cultural activities, popcorn as well as children's activities.



/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

The third prize for the documentary "Dirty Wars" was collected by the film's script writer, David Riker, who also led a screenwriting workshop for refugee filmmakers. "Saharawis have an overwhelming need to tell their stories."



/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

Festival attendees worked alongside locals under the festival's theme of "cinema for human rights in Western Sahara".



/Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara
Filmmakers from some Arab countries as Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco and Palestine also attended.



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The Sahara International film festival, known as FiSahara, took place in a sun-baked refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert.

;*;Nearly 300 international actors and screen-writers attended alongside thousands of Saharawi refugees exiled from their native Western Sahara for nearly four decades.;*;Attendees met with refugee families, with whom they lived for five days, sleeping in their stucco-and-tented homes and sharing simple couscous meals and sweet tea.;*;

With temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit, screenings took place after dusk, in makeshift cinemas or projected onto a giant screen attached to the side of an articulated lorry.

;*;Thirty international films were included as well as several made by refugees themselves in the newly established refugee camp film school.;*;While the films reflected stories of hope and struggle, others were purely intended to entertain, offering refugees a glimpse of what lies beyond their desiccated desert horizons.;*;

The festival(***)s first prize - an actual white camel - was awarded to "Legna" an evocative documentary about the traditions of Saharawi poetry.

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As well as films and workshops the festival also offered cultural activities, popcorn as well as children(***)s activities.

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The third prize for the documentary "Dirty Wars" was collected by the film(***)s script writer, David Riker, who also led a screenwriting workshop for refugee filmmakers. "Saharawis have an overwhelming need to tell their stories."

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Festival attendees worked alongside locals under the festival(***)s theme of "cinema for human rights in Western Sahara".

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The Sahara International film festival - known as FiSahara - took place in a sun-baked refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert.

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The Sahara International film festival - known as FiSahara - took place in a sun-baked refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert.

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Nearly 300 international actors and screen-writers attended alongside thousands of Saharawi refugees exiled from their native Western Sahara for nearly four decades.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/e33a563ca9b4e1194ec41a9ddd4336dfCarlos Cazurro/FiSahara

Nearly 300 international actors and screen-writers attended alongside thousands of Saharawi refugees exiled from their native Western Sahara for nearly four decades.

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Attendees met with refugee families, with whom they lived for five days, sleeping in their stucco-and-tented homes and sharing simple couscous meals and sweet tea.

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Attendees met with refugee families, with whom they lived for five days, sleeping in their stucco-and-tented homes and sharing simple couscous meals and sweet tea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/daea066772946c2a05d93a65292ab854

With temperatures topping 100 degrees, screenings took place after dusk, in makeshift cinemas or projected onto a giant screen attached to the side of an articulated lorry.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/daea066772946c2a05d93a65292ab854Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

With temperatures topping 100 degrees, screenings took place after dusk, in makeshift cinemas or projected onto a giant screen attached to the side of an articulated lorry.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/831aeea6db7e9bc75c0a60f8935d3a6e

Thirty international films were included as well as several made by refugees themselves in the newly established refugee camp film school.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/831aeea6db7e9bc75c0a60f8935d3a6eCarlos Cazurro/FiSahara

Thirty international films were included as well as several made by refugees themselves in the newly established refugee camp film school.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/5207c7871c20f39bf64fa3c528aa3f1b

While the films reflected stories of hope and struggle, others were purely intended to entertain, offering refugees a glimpse of what lies beyond their desiccated desert horizons.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/5207c7871c20f39bf64fa3c528aa3f1bCarlos Cazurro/FiSahara

While the films reflected stories of hope and struggle, others were purely intended to entertain, offering refugees a glimpse of what lies beyond their desiccated desert horizons.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/20278c452cf3cab84e4edf40631f2777

The festival's first prize - an actual white camel - was awarded to "Legna" an evocative documentary about the traditions of Saharawi poetry.

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The festival's first prize - an actual white camel - was awarded to "Legna" an evocative documentary about the traditions of Saharawi poetry.

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As well as films and workshops the festival also offered cultural activities, popcorn as well as children's activities.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/41cae97221e63d1ff83d70c4b7650739Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

As well as films and workshops the festival also offered cultural activities, popcorn as well as children's activities.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/f52cfe6fae0ab3efd5c210fd3519fcd8

The third prize for the documentary "Dirty Wars" was collected by the film's script writer, David Riker who also led a screenwriting workshop for refugee film makers. "Saharawis have an overwhelming need to tell their stories."

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/f52cfe6fae0ab3efd5c210fd3519fcd8Carlos Cazurro/FiSahara

The third prize for the documentary "Dirty Wars" was collected by the film's script writer, David Riker who also led a screenwriting workshop for refugee film makers. "Saharawis have an overwhelming need to tell their stories."

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/0adf53cb1e7fd920cf9e681537f5245f

Festival attendees worked alongside locals under the festival's theme of "cinema for human rights in Western Sahara".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/0adf53cb1e7fd920cf9e681537f5245fCarlos Cazurro/FiSahara

Festival attendees worked alongside locals under the festival's theme of "cinema for human rights in Western Sahara".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cannes_of_the_desert/slideshow/no-caption/4eb0c83d7c53d2a2693961ea95068696

Filmmakers from some Arab countries as Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco and Palestine also attended.

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Filmmakers from some Arab countries as Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco and Palestine also attended.



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