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Cinema for the Sahrawi People


We use film to entertain, convey knowledge and empower refugees from the Western Sahara who have lived in remote camps in the Sahara Desert since 1976.

cine-por-el-pueblo-saharauiCinema for the Sahrawi People consists of an annual film festival, a year-round audiovisual school and the creation of DVD libraries in the refugee camps.

The Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara)brings entertainment, film workshops and cultural events to the camps every year. Filmmakers from all over the world visit the camps and hold interactive roundtables and workshops.

The Abidin Kaid Saleh audiovisual school provides hands-on training to young refugees so that they can tell their own stories and create educational and cultural films for their communities. Experienced filmmakers teach modules focused on storytelling, screenwriting, cinematography, sound, editing and other filmmaking specialties.

The DVD librariesoffer refugees permanent access to films of diverse content, from entertainment to education, as well as projectors, screens and technical training to conduct year-round screenings in their communities.

"Cinema for the Sahrawi People" has three central objectives:

  • To train refugees in audiovisual communication so that they can tell their own stories, address pressing issues and empower their community.
  • To bring culture and entertainment to the refugees through an annual film festival and permanent DVD libraries.
  • To raise consciousness among the international community about the forgotten plight of the refugees by bringing high-profile guests from the film and cultural world to the annual festival.