Sunday, 14 August 2016

Algeria, Dakhla Refugee Camp

The annual Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara) brings entertainment, culture and hope to the Western Sahara´s refugees, who have lived in exile for over three decades. The festival takes place every year in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Southwestern Algeria. FiSahara's activities include film screenings, audiovisual workshops, a traditional Sahrawi cultural fair, a camel race, concerts, a soccer match, roundtables and numerous other cultural activities.

The festival is held in the Dakhla camp and lasts about five days. It holds day and night time film screenings for all audiences, as well as roundtables and filmmaking workshops. It also includes parallel cultural activities such as concerts, a cultural festival and children's activities.

Visitors to the festival include international filmmakers, writers and musicians, journalists and people interested in the refugees' plight. In addition, visitors to the camps stay with Sahrawi families and visit the camp's clinics, schools and municipal offices.

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