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Al Khadra: Poet of the Desert
The Sahrawi war poetess is a vivid testament to three decades of the Sahara conflict.
20 Apr 2014 10:03 GMT
Dubbed the voice of Egypt's revolution, this film follows an 83-year-old finding his place in a revolution of the young.
Exiled in Paris, the Syrian poet despairs for her country as the crisis there deepens.
The former fighter journeys across Lebanon to explain why he now battles for change with nothing but words.
It is lethal for the poet to write in Iraq, so she struggles to inspire from snowy Norway.
Thanks to his outspoken work the Palestinian poet finds himself wandering the world with his notebook his only security.
About the series

Poets of Protest reflects the poet's view of the change sweeping the Middle East through its intimate profiles of six contemporary writers as they struggle to lead, to interpret and to inspire.

Poetry lives and breathes in the Middle East as in few other places.

In a region long dominated by authoritarian regimes, poetry is the medium for expressing people's hopes, dreams and frustrations. Poets became historians, journalists, entertainers - and even revolutionaries.

Ever since Tunisians chanted Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi's If the People Wanted Life One Day poetry has been a key weapon of the Arab Spring, used to taunt regimes' refusing to see the writing on the wall.

As the revolution spread to Egypt, it turned out that the writing on the wall was also poetry - graffiti by young artists painting the works of poets like al-Shabi or Egypt's Ahmed Fouad Negm.

Poets of Protest focuses on the writers, their political and artistic struggles, and their work, with beautifully filmed visual interpretations of the poems.